A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Morocco around 11:00 p.m. local time on Friday, September 8, 2023. The epicenter was located in the High Atlas mountain range, about 72 kilometers southwest of Marrakech, a city of about 840,000 people. As of Sunday, September 10, the media has reported more than 2,100 have been killed and 2,400 have been injured from the disaster, with numbers expected to rise. More than 300,000 people have been affected in Marrakech and surrounding areas, but the hardest-hit areas are those nearest the Atlas Mountains, with some towns completely destroyed.

Learn more about the earthquake in Morocco in these news articles:

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Imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on additional post-event data.

Satellite image of Amizmiz, Morocco, from September 10, 2023, showing damaged homes from the recent earthquake.

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