Geography in the news: Morocco earthquake 2023
Bring the news into your geography classroom with this complete lesson and case study of the Morocco 2023 earthquake.
Students will explore the causes, effects and responses to the earthquake in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on 8 September 2023 and explore news articles and clips.
Use as a complete lesson for a current earthquake case study or select activities for a shorter mini-lesson or starter activity.
Earthquake hits Al Haouz, Morocco
On 8 September 2023, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Al Haouz region in Morocco.
The epicentre of the earthquake was not far from the city of Marrakesh.
The earthquake hit just after 11pm which meant that many people were asleep.
Buildings collapsed and some villages close to the epicentre were destroyed.
Al Haouz is in the Atlas Mountains which made it very difficult to provide aid to some people.
More than 300,000 people have been affected and the death count has risen above 2,900.