Serious earthquakes in Morocco, which the U.S. Geological Survey calls “uncommon but not unexpected,” have inflicted deaths and significant economic damage before.
The worst in Morocco’s recent history was a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that killed about 12,000 people and injured another 12,000 in March 1960.
The western coastal town of Agadir crumbled under that quake’s force. About a third of its population perished. Restaurants, shops and the central market were leveled. Thousands of people were buried under concrete.
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Morocco in February 2004, killing about 630 people, injuring hundreds and leaving about 15,000 homeless.