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2023-09-08, M6.8, Morocco

On the 8th of September 2023 at 22:11:01 UTC a M6.8 earthquake occurred in southwest Morocco at a depth of 19km. See map below for the earthquake epicentre, marked with a red circle. The earthquake struck in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, about 75 km southeast of Marrakech. At the time of writing media outlets report of at least 600 fatalities mainly in mountain areas that are hard to reach.

This earthquake occurred within the Africa Plate, approximately 550 km south of the plate boundary between the Africa and Eurasia plates. The USGS estimates the fault area over which slip occurred to be about 30 by 20 km (length x width).

The M6.8 earthquake was recorded by seismic stations operated by DIAS in the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see figure below.

The earthquake was also detected by Raspberry Shake seismometers operated in Ireland by citizens and schools. The diagram below shows the data recorded by the station operated at St. Columba’s College in Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

Further information can be obtained at the following links:

https://emsc.eu/Earthquake_information/earthquake.php?id=1550978

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us7000kufc/executive

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