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Morocco earthquake updates: more than 600 people killed and hundreds injured as several cities affected

Earthquake measuring at least 6.8 magnitude and centred in High Atlas mountain leaves hundreds dead, others injured

People in Rabat, about 350km (220 miles) north of Ighil, and in the coastal town of Imsouane, about 180km to its west, also fled their homes, fearing a stronger quake, according to witnesses.

“We heard screams at the time of the tremor,” a resident of Essaouira, 200km west of Marrakech, said by phone. “People are in the squares, in the cafes, preferring to sleep outside. Pieces of facades have fallen.”

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