Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – An earthquake in the Atlas mountains, Morocco with a magnitude of 6.8 collapsed buildings and sent people running for safety from their homes in several cities on Friday (8/9).
According to Reuters, dozens of people died in hard-to-reach areas south of Marrakech.
Residents of Marrakesh, the nearest major city to the epicenter, said several buildings had collapsed in the old city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Local television showed images of the mosque’s minaret collapsing and its debris falling on crushed cars.
Amateur video footage shows the historic Suhuiyya Mosque in Marrakesh amid fears it will collapse, following the earthquake that hit Morocco on Friday night.
The powerful earthquake occurred at 23:11 local time in the High Atlas Mountains, 444 miles from the city, at a depth of 18.5 km, the US Geological Survey reported.
As reported by AP, at least 300 people died when rescue teams today searched for survivors among the rubble.