G. McConway
September 11, 2023

Morocco Earthquake Leaves More Than 2,800 Dead

A massive earthquake utterly wrecked portions of Morocco last week.

The powerful quake registered at least a 6.8 in some areas, reported the Daily Wire.

The quake has left utter destruction behind, with more than 2,800 people already reported dead, with an additional 1,800 injuries, at least, already reported.


Among the most devastated areas of the country were remote villages in the mountains, which rescuers were just starting to get to this week.

Many of the roads were and remained blocked, meaning the death and injury tolls are going to rise significantly.

As of Monday afternoon, the death toll stood at 2,862, according to the New York Times. That number has been confirmed and released by the Interior Ministry on Monday.

The Times further reported that Morocco is " positioned at the juncture of a slow-motion tectonic crash between the African and Eurasian plates." These plates shift about four to six millimeters per year.

To put that into perspective, the San Andreas fault shifts about 50 millimeters per year.

This was the most powerful earthquake that has hit Morocco in more than a century.

The agency also said that the current injury tally has risen to more than 2,500, with most of the injuries occurring in the province of Al Haouz.

Dozens of countries have offered to send help, but the Moroccan government is being selective, for some reason.

So far, it has only accepted offers from Britain, Spain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Among the countries that Morocco has denied are the United States and France.

France's Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, tried to quell rumors that Morocco was denying the help of countries with which relations are not at their best right now, simply stating it was up to Morocco to decide who could offer assistance right now.

One would think in a tragedy such as this, they would take all the help they can get, but I guess politics still comes into play, even when thousands are dead and injured.

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