A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Morocco on Friday evening, killing more than 2,000 people and damaging several buildings. Several videos have emerged on the internet showing the damage and destruction caused by the late evening earthquake. One such video captured the moment earthquakes rocked a wedding venue in Marrakech, sending people running for their lives.
In the video that is going viral on social media, an orchestra is seen performing at a wedding when the earthquake struck. The musicians and singer can be seen leaving the stage and fleeing through a doorway with other wedding guests.
“When the powerful earthquake interrupted a wedding in Marrakesh, Morocco,” was the caption of a video shared on
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Several Moroccans posted other videos showing buildings reduced to rubble and dust and parts of the famous red walls surrounding the old city in historic Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, damaged.
Friday’s magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck 72 kilometers southwest of the tourist center of Marrakech, destroying entire villages in the hills of the Atlas Mountains. The earthquake killed at least 2,012 people and injured 2,059 others, of whom 1,404 are in critical condition, according to the latest figures from the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior.
It is believed that many people are still under the rubble and rescue efforts are underway. The quake was the deadliest in Morocco since a 1960 earthquake devastated Agadir and killed more than 12,000 people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the earthquake and said India is ready to provide all possible assistance at this difficult time.
Prime Minister Modi said on X: “Extremely hurt by the loss of lives due to earthquake in Morocco. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover India is ready to provide all possible assistance to Morocco at this difficult time.”