Over 1,000 dead after quake strikes near Marrakech, Morocco

Residents flee their homes after an earthquake(AP)

At least 1,037 have been killed and 1,200 injured after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck Morocco, according to state media.
The quake hit just after 11pm local time (22:00 GMT).
The epicenter of earthquake was at a depth of 18.5km (11.5 miles) and occurred about 72km (44 miles) northeast of Marrakesh, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.

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Footage on social media reported to be of the earthquake shows tremors being felt and people running into the streets and buildings shaking.
The death toll has surpassed 1,000 from a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night, according to state TV. The toll makes it the deadliest quake to hit the North African country in decades.
Rescue teams are reportedly struggling to reach the most affected areas, with roads blocked by debris. One witness said “we are hoping for miracles from the rubble.”
The epicenter was in the High Atlas mountains, about 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a popular tourist city of about 840,000 people. The city’s historic walls, first laid out in the early 12th century, have been damaged.
The quake was the most powerful to shake the area surrounding Marrakech in more than 120 years, according to the US Geological Survey.
Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, says it is prepared to respond to the earthquake in Morocco that killed more than 1,000 people and left many more injured.

Avril Benoît, executive director of MSF-USA, said in a statement on Saturday that people who live in the affected region are “key to the initial response” when searching for survivors.

“Earthquake survivors often require medical care such as surgery or dialysis, which can be a challenge when local health systems are affected by a disaster. Restoring health services and providing essential supplies also can be a priority at this stage. Our response will depend on the needs that are assessed on site,” she said.

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