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Morocco earthquake live updates: Over 2,900 killed in rare, powerful quake

The death toll has continued to climb in the wake of the rare and powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco Friday night.

More than 2,900 people are confirmed dead.

The quake, Morocco's strongest in more than a century, hit the country's High Atlas mountain range near Marrakech.


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Sep 12, 9:02 AM

Death toll rises to 2,901

The death toll from the devastating earthquake has increased to 2,901.

Another 5,530 people are injured.

PHOTO: People watch as firefighters work on the rubble in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Tallat n'Yakoub, Morocco, Sept. 12, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: People watch as firefighters work on the rubble in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Tallat n'Yakoub, Morocco, Sept. 12, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: Workers stand in the rubble in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Talat N'Yaaqoub, in Morocco, Sept. 12, 2023. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)
PHOTO: Workers stand in the rubble in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Talat N'Yaaqoub, in Morocco, Sept. 12, 2023. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)


Sep 11, 3:40 PM

Moroccan government still not accepting US support

State Department spokesperson Matt Miller confirmed Monday that the Moroccan government has still not taken the United States up on its offer to provide support in its earthquake relief despite direct outreach from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken spoke with Morocco's foreign minister this weekend and expressed his condolences, Miller said.

"They also discussed how the United States can best support the government of Morocco's leadership of the humanitarian response to the tragedy, and the secretary and the foreign minister pledged to stay in close contact as the response efforts continue," Miller said.

Asked whether the U.S. was providing any direct aid at the moment, Miller said, "We have made the offer for assistance and are in close consultations with the Moroccan government about how we can best provide that assistance."

-ABC News' Shannon Crawford


Sep 11, 3:25 PM

Death toll climbs to 2,862

The death toll from the devastating earthquake now stands at 2,862.

Another 2,562 people are injured.

PHOTO: A donkey stands inside a building damaged by the earthquake in the village of Tafeghaghte, near Marrakech, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP)
PHOTO: A donkey stands inside a building damaged by the earthquake in the village of Tafeghaghte, near Marrakech, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP)
PHOTO: Mohamed Sebbagh, 66, stands in front of his destroyed house, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: Mohamed Sebbagh, 66, stands in front of his destroyed house, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Sep 11, 12:47 PM

Rescuers reach epicenter

For the first time on Monday, ambulances and aid teams in trucks reached Ighil, the mountainous area where the earthquake's epicenter was located, according to state TV.

PHOTO: Emergency workers carry a dead body, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: Emergency workers carry a dead body, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Emergency teams worked to clear rockfalls blocking rocks to over a dozen remote villages in the area, and members of the armed forces walked on foot along rugged roads to provide aid, state TV reported.

Rescue teams searched for missing victims under the rubble in the devastated Talat N'Yaaqoub village in the Atlas Mountains, which was almost entirely flattened.

PHOTO: A view of damages in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Adassil, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: A view of damages in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Adassil, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

TV footage showed rescuers pulling a newborn baby out from under the rubble.

TV footage also showed military helicopters dropping aid packages from the air into hard-to-reach areas.

Morocco's central bank has created a special account to receive donations from around the world.

-ABC News' Ayat Al-Tawy


Sep 11, 11:05 AM

Death toll reaches 2,681

The death toll in Morocco has now reached 2,681.

At least 2,501 others are injured.

PHOTO: A woman reacts near the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Talat N'yaaqoub, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)
PHOTO: A woman reacts near the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Talat N'yaaqoub, Morocco, Sept. 11, 2023. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)
PHOTO: Mohamed Sebbagh, 66, stands in front of his destroyed house, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)
PHOTO: Mohamed Sebbagh, 66, stands in front of his destroyed house, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Amizmiz, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2023. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


Sep 11, 7:38 AM

Death toll rises to 2,497, officials say

At least 2,497 people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Morocco, the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces said Monday.

Another 2,476 were injured in the quake, as of 10 a.m. local time on Monday, the forces said.

PHOTO: People gather their belongings under a tent after recovering it from the rubble of their home in the mountain village of Moulay Brahim in the central province of al-Haouz, on Sept. 11, 2023. (Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: People gather their belongings under a tent after recovering it from the rubble of their home in the mountain village of Moulay Brahim in the central province of al-Haouz, on Sept. 11, 2023. (Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)


Sep 10, 1:31 PM

Biden offers 'necessary assistance' to devastated Morocco

President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed his "sadness by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco" and said the United States is committed to providing the country with all "necessary assistance."

During remarks in Vietnam, Biden said the United States is working to make sure Americans in Morocco are safe.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Morocco and my friend King Mohammed VI," Biden said. "We're working expeditiously to ensure American citizens in Morocco are safe, standing ready to provide any necessary assistance to the Moroccan people as well. We made that offer. "


Sep 10, 1:07 PM

Death toll rises to 2,122, thousands more injured

At least 2,122 people are dead following Friday's massive earthquake, according to the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces.

Al-Haouz province, where the epicenter was located, suffered the highest number of deaths, followed by the province of Taroudant.

In the village of Amizmiz, some areas have been entirely wiped out, local TV reported. The Red Cross warned that it could take years to repair the damage.

At least 2,421 are injured, officials said.


Sep 9, 5:47 PM

Death toll surpasses 2,000

The death toll in the earthquake near Marrakech has surpassed 2,000, according to Morocco's Interior Ministry.

At least 2,012 people were killed, mostly in Marrakech and five provinces near the epicenter, officials said. At least 2,059 people were injured -- including 1,404 critically -- officials said.

PHOTO: A view shows a damaged room, following a powerful earthquake, in the village of Tansghart in the Asni area, Morocco, Sept, 9, 2023. (Abdelhak Balhaki/Reuters)
PHOTO: A view shows a damaged room, following a powerful earthquake, in the village of Tansghart in the Asni area, Morocco, Sept, 9, 2023. (Abdelhak Balhaki/Reuters)


Sep 9, 12:23 PM

Algeria offers to open its airspace to Morocco following deadly quake

Algeria has offered humanitarian aid and has offered to open its airspace to allow eventual humanitarian aid or medical evacuation flights in and out of neighboring Morocco as the death toll continues to rise.

The country, which is bordered by Morocco to the west, closed the airspace when its government severed diplomatic ties with Morocco in 2021 over a series of issues. The countries have a decades-long dispute involving the territory of Western Sahara.

PHOTO: Rescuers carry a search operation following a powerful earthquake, in Amizmiz, in Morocco, Sept. 9, 2023. (Abdelhak Balhaki/Reuters)
PHOTO: Rescuers carry a search operation following a powerful earthquake, in Amizmiz, in Morocco, Sept. 9, 2023. (Abdelhak Balhaki/Reuters)

Algeria said it is ready to offer humanitarian aid "in solidarity with the brotherly Moroccan people, in case the authorities of the Moroccan kingdom express a wish for this," Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's office said in a statement Saturday.

The statement also offered condolences for the dead and "deepest compassion" for the injured.

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