Friday, March 11, 2016

New Earthquake in Northern Morocco

Morocco has seen an ongoing series of earthquakes since December 2015. The latest, a quake of 5.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded on Friday off the coast of Nador and Al Hoceima.

According to reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and from the Institute of the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST), the latest quake, registered at 4:16 am, was followed 3 minutes later by an aftershock measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale.

Since December 2015 a series of tremors of various magnitudes and aftershocks have occurred  that seismologists attribute to an intense activity of the Eurasian and African plates, near the Moroccan region.

On January 25th this year a 6.3-magnitude earthquake caused some material damage in southern Spain and northern Morocco, although no deaths or injuries were reported. It was again in the same region, about 40 miles north of Al Hoceima, where 12 years ago an earthquake left hundreds dead.

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