Morocco earthquake kills thousands, reducing homes to rubble as rescue teams search for survivors


Morocco earthquake kills thousands, reducing homes to rubble as rescue teams search for survivors

A powerful magnitude-6.8 earthquake in Morocco has killed thousands and destroyed many buildings.

The earthquake struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountains late on Friday night (local time).

According to the interior ministry, at least 2,012 people have been killed and 2,059 were injured in the quake.

Below are some scenes of the earthquake’s aftermath.

A kitchen is covered in broken brick tiles.

A kitchen destroyed in the quake.(Reuters:Abdelhak Balhaki)

A house with pink walls has rubble all over the floor.

Many homes were destroyed in the earthquake.(Reuters: Abdelhak Balhaki)

People have been queuing at Marrakesh Menara Airport in Morocco to try and get out of the region.

people stand with suitcases waiting outside airport to get in.

People have lined up at Marrakesh-Menara airport to flee Morocco. (Reuters: Hannah McKay)

people sit amongst suitcases on the floor of an airport.

People are waiting at the airport to leave Morocco after the deadly earthquake.(Reuters: Hannah McKay)

Many homes were destroyed in the earthquake, including Abdellatif Ait Bella’s home.

The side of a house falls into another with rubble surrounding it.

Abdellatif Ait Bella’s house was completely destroyed.( Reuters: Abdelhak Balhaki)

Mr Bella was injured and had to sleep outside with his wife among the debris.

A man lies on a blanket with a duvet covering him amongst the rubble.

Abdellatif Ait Bella was injured in the quake. His home was destroyed too.(Reuters: Abdelhak Balhaki)

Rescue teams have been working tirelessly to try to recover people from the rubble.

Three people wear safety helmets with one holding a dog on a lead.

A rescue team has been sent out to look for survivors.(AP: Mosa’ab Elshamy)

A house without a roof stands amongst a pile of rubble.

A house in Morocco had part of the roof destroyed.(Reuters: Abdelhak Balhaki)

Mohammed Elhmatif has to find his sons a place to live after their house was destroyed by the earthquake.

A dad and his two sons stand amidst a pile of rubble.

Mohammed Elhmatif stands with his two sons amid the rubble of their home.( AP: Mosa’ab Elshamy)

People had to race out of their homes to avoid being trapped in the rubble.

Piles of broken brick and other debris cover the ground.

Some homes were nothing but rubble after the earthquake.(AP: Mosa’ab Elshamy)


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