Late on 08 September, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck about 50 miles south-west of the historic city of Marrakech. The earthquake led to dozens of building collapses, road blockages, and power and water outages. It was felt as far away as Spain. Rescue operations are underway in the areas surrounding the epicenter, including in the Medina of Marrakech, where historic buildings have collapsed. Global Guardian is currently conducting emergency evacuations of clients, including a group of travelers stranded at a resort damaged by the earthquake. It is the most powerful earthquake recorded in Morocco in a century.
- Over 1,000 people are confirmed dead as of morning hours on 09 September, with the majority recorded in Marrakech and nearby areas, including Al Haouz, Azilal, Ouarzazate, Chichaoua, and Taroudant provinces, as well as Agadir and Casablanca
- Entire villages in the areas close to the epicenter, including in the Atlas mountains, have been almost completely destroyed
- At least 1,200 others are injured
- Boulders, building debris, and landslides have made multiple roads impassable
- Power and water outages are reported across the region
- Health officials put out a call for blood donations in anticipation of transfusion needs
- Israel is sending a team to help search and rescue efforts, and Algeria has opened airspace for earthquake-relief flights
STANDING BY TO Support
Global Guardian is closely monitoring the situation and can support clients who need assistance with local teams in the area to provide:
- Executive protection
- Secure transportation
- Airport transfer
- Wellness checks
- Food, water, and supply delivery
Click below to contact Global Guardian's 24/7 Operations Center or call us directly at +1 (703) 566-9463.