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Horror moment Morocco earthquake which killed 2,100 people strikes

Morocco: CCTV shows moment earthquake stuck Marrakech

This is the frantic moment a deadly 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the capital of Morocco on Friday night.

The quake was the strongest to hit the nation in more than a century and it is confirmed at least 2,000 have been killed and thousands more injured.

Surveillance footage was captured when the disaster first struck Marrakech at 11.00pm local time.

Families, including young children, are seen walking the stone streets before suddenly fleeing as they feel the rumble.

Several people are seen rushing into a building before running straight back out onto the street.

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Meanwhile, one woman walks back and forth, screaming and flailing her hands moments before debris from a building is seen tumbling down onto the street with a dust cloud.

The epicentre of the quake was at the High Atlas mountain range, roughly 45 miles southwest of the capital where 840,000 people live.

The impact of the disaster was felt as far north as Casablanca.

Earthquakes in Morocco are rare although expected, the US Geological Survey says.

Friday’s quake was the deadliest since 1960 when more than 12,000 people were killed, mostly in the port city of Agadir.

Morocco has deployed ambulances, rescue crews and soldiers to the region to help assist with emergency response efforts.

Aid groups said the government has not made a broad appeal for help and accepted only limited foreign assistance.

The Interior Ministry said it was accepting search and rescue-focused international aid from Spain, Qatar, Britain and the United Arab Emirates, bypassing offers from French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden.

“We stand ready to provide any necessary assistance for the Moroccan people,” Biden said Sunday on a trip to Vietnam.

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