Published: 2023-09-11 09:26
Last Updated: 2023-09-25 19:28
The director of the Jordanian Seismological Observatory Ghassan Sweidan stated Sunday that the recent earthquake in Morocco is considered one of the most powerful earthquakes to have struck the region in the current century.
He emphasized that the seismic damage of any earthquake depends on its magnitude, its distance from populated areas, and the nature of the upper layer of the earth.
Rescuers on Monday faced a growing race against time to dig any survivors from the rubble of devastated villages in Morocco's Atlas mountains, three days after the country's strongest-ever earthquake.
The 6.8-magnitude quake that struck late Friday southwest of the city of Marrakesh has claimed more than 2,100 lives and injured over 2,400, many seriously, according to official figures updated late on Sunday.
Rabat on Sunday announced it had accepted aid offers from four foreign nations, while many other countries have also said they were willing to send assistance.
Authorities have responded favorably "at this stage" to offers from Spain, Britain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates "to send search and rescue teams", the interior ministry said.