Earthquake in Morocco: testimony of a Comorian student
A large-scale earthquake spread in Morocco on the night of Friday 8 to Saturday 9 September, killing 1037 people and 1234 wounded ( officials sources). This is the most powerful earthquake that Morocco has experienced. The population is in shock according to several local media. A Comorian student present in Marrakech testifies.
By ERA ENVIRONNEMENT
On the night of Friday 8th to Saturday 9th September, huge damages in Marrakech were observed and relayed in social networks, following the earthquake felt in the south of the Cherifian kingdom. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8 degrees on the Richter scale with its epicenter in the tourist city of Marrakech, according to the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) based in Rabat. Several other cities were affected including Agadir.
In the Sinko district of Marrakech, Youssouf F, 30, from Comoros , a student in Morocco since 2021, said he was surprised by the earthquake, Era Environnement reports. He has been on vacation for a few days in Marrakech. “ At 10:30 p.m., we saw the houses on high shaking and falling at once.” 1037 people died and 1234 are injured (officials sources) . “I want to reassure my family and my compatriots in the Comoros, we are well,” the student told Era Environnement. The young man found himself in a garden with his friends for many hours. But they were not alone. The representative of the Comorian students was also in the group.
” We were gathered with the Moroccans, we were forbidden not to move, we had to wait for fear that the earthquake would return”. The ban was lifted around 5 a.m. These people all returned to their respective homes. According to an OECD report on risk management in Morocco published in 2017, the Cherifian kingdom experienced 47 natural disasters between 1960 and 2015.