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Morocco experienced a massive earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale this past Saturday, resulting in the tragic loss of over 2,000 lives. Hundreds of people have also sustained injuries in densely populated areas.

Following the earthquake, residents of the capital city, Marrakesh, were forced to spend the entire night on the streets and in parks due to safety concerns. Numerous cultural buildings in Marrakesh have collapsed, further exacerbating the devastation.

The American Geological Survey has reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was located in the Atlas Mountains, approximately 71 kilometers southwest of Marrakesh, with a depth of 18.5 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. This catastrophic event occurred at 11:11 PM local time.

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Shockingly, just 19 minutes after the initial earthquake, another tremor with a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter scale struck the region.

According to the preliminary report from the Home Ministry of Morocco, the affected areas include Alhouse, Marrakesh, Urajajate, Ajilal, Chihuahua, and Tarodan, where numerous casualties have been reported.

The Indian Embassy has released emergency helpline numbers for those in need of assistance. Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, has conveyed his heartfelt condolences and expressed his sorrow over this tragic disaster.

In a display of international solidarity, countries such as the United States, Japan, and France have offered assistance to Morocco during this challenging time.

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