Showing posts with label Earthquakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earthquakes. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Small Earthquake Felt From Fez To Ifrane

An earthquake in the Fez region was felt over a wide area this morning. The earthquake, which was described as moderate, shook windows and furniture and woke many people in the area. No aftershocks were recorded and no casualties or material damages have been reported.

Magnitude : 4.5
Local Time : 2014-04-15 08:56:47
GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-15 07:56:47
Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km

A smaller earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale was recorded the same day last year (Tuesday April 16, 2013) in Ifrane province (60 km from Fez).

The worst recent earthquake recorded in Morocco was that of the coastal city of Al Houceima, on the northern edge of the Rif Mountains. The tragic earthquake was of magnitude 6,4 MI, and caused about 628 deaths, 926 injuries, the destruction 2,539 homes, and more than 15,000 people were left homeless.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Fez Earthquake Update ~ Five Shocks in Ten Days

There has been an unusual amount of seismic activity in the Fez region over the last few days. Thankfully none of it destructive. Three earthquakes were recorded on Thursday morning. The first of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale, whose epicentre was in Ain Bida, occurred at 5:29. The second, whose epicentre was in the town of Agdal, occurred at 5:42 and had a magnitude of 3.8

In district of Sidi Boujida, many people took to the streets. "After completing the Fajr prayer in the mosque next door, I returned to the house where the walls of my house started shaking," said  a resident.

Local authorities have assured that these shocks caused no casualties or damage. Later the government seismic research institute, the  CNRST recorded another quake in Ain Kansra. With a magnitude of 3.8 degrees, it was observed at 11:28.

These earthquakes came only ten days after the first earthquake in Oued Ifrane, in the neighbouring province of Ifrane. With a magnitude of 4.3 degrees on the Richter scale, it was followed by another a few days later in the town of Ain ​​Leuh (3.8 degrees).

Tectonic plates in Morocco's region

 Morocco is located in a geographical area prone only to moderate seismic activity, but relatively strong earthquakes may occur. One of the factors is the geographic location of the eastern end of the Rif mountain belt, which is part of the diffuse boundary between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates.

 As a reminder, February 29, 1960, earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 degrees in Agadir, had 12,000 victims. More recently, on February 24, 2004 at Imzouren near Al Hoceima, a violent quake of 6.3 degrees  killed 629, injured 926 people and left 15,230 homeless.

A history of major Moroccan earthquakes

Rescue workers pulled children from the rubble up to twelve days after the Agadir quake

The 1960 Agadir earthquake took place on Monday, February 29th 1960 at 23.47. The death toll from the 6.7 magnitude quake  was 12,000. The earthquake was the worst to ever hit Morocco.

Modern-day Agadir was rebuilt a mile (2kms) south of the earthquake epicentre and is now a seaport and seaside resort with a large sandy beach.

The magnitude 6.0 Al Hoceima earthquake of May 26, 1994, injured one person and caused significant damage to adobe buildings.

A resident of the village of Imzouren, near Al Hoceima, steps over rubble a day after an earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the open-ended Richter scale, hit the region in 2004

The 2004 Morocco earthquake was a magnitude 6.4  and occurred on 24 February  near the coast of northern Morocco. At least 631 people were killed, 926 injured, 2,539 homes destroyed and more than 15,000 people homeless in the Al Hoceima-Imzourene-Beni Abdallah area. The quake was felt from Tetouan to Nador and as far south as Fez. Several aftershocks killed at least three people and destroyed previously weakened buildings.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fez Residents Report Earthquakes

Residents of Fez contacted The View from Fez to report two earthquakes early this morning. The first at 05.29 was a jolt strong enough to cause buildings to sway and the residents to leave their homes and take to the streets. There have been no reports of damage or injuries

"Everyone from our area was in the street," one resident told us. Another reported that at first he thought he was falling ill and had lost his balance, but was relieved to find all his neighbours experiencing the same thing.

"The streets were crowded, with people afraid of a larger shock," another resident told TVFF. Then another quake struck some time later and was reported to be of the same size.

"I only felt the first zinzall (earthquake)", says Rachid. "The windows rattled and my doors banged. What could I do? Nothing! So I went back to bed. I didn't feel the second quake."

The quake registered magnitude 4 degrees on the Richter scale and was felt throughout the province of Fez.

A statement of the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) reports the quake ocurred at 5:29, with a magnitude of 4 degrees with the epicentre at  Ain Bida. The second quake which occurred at 5:42 was located in the district of Agdal (province of Fez). This earthquake registered 3.8 on the Richter scale

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Morocco ~ Then and Now - El Hoceima

The View from Fez is in debt to Enzo Pantosti for bringing the old photograph of El Hoceima to our attention. The photographer of the 1950's shot is unknown, but Enzo took the modern one.

Al Hoceima, Hotel Etoile du Rif, 1950. In those years, it was called Hotel Florido.

Al Hoceima is a city in the north of Morocco on a northern edge of the Rif Mountains, on the Mediterranean coast. It is situated in the territory of the Ayt Weryaghel and Ibeqquyen tribes of the Rif, who speak Tarifit Berber, locally called Tamazight.

Between 1994 and 2004 the town and surrounding villages were hit by two earthquakes. The first, at 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred on May 26, 1994. The second, at 6.4, occurred on February 24, 2004, killing more than 560 people.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Small Earthquake Felt in Fez

Did the earth move for you? If you happened to feel a small tremor about half an hour after midnight, then you can blame seismic activity. According to seismologists the quake measured 4.1 on the Richter scale and was located about 70 kilometres North West of Fez. No damage has been reported.

Here are the details.

Earthquake Magnitude 4.1
Date-Time Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 00:28:25 UTC
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12:28:25 AM at epicentre.
Location 34.479°N, 5.542°W
Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles)
70 km (43 miles) NW of Fes
129 km (80 miles) ENE of RABAT
146 km (90 miles) S of Tanger
215 km (133 miles) ENE of Casablanca


Monday, May 02, 2011

Small Earthquakes - central and southern Morocco

Three light tremors of a magnitude ranging between 3.2 and 3.6 on the Richter scale were felt on Saturday and Sunday in the centre and the south of Morocco, the National Geophysics Institute reported.

On Saturday night, a light earthquake of a magnitude of 3.2 hit the commune of Ouisselsate (province of the southern city of Ouazrazate), according to the same source.

On Sunday morning, two other tremors of a magnitude of 3.6 and 3.4 struck the provinces of the central cities of Khenifra and Azilal respectively. There have been no reports of damage.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The earth moves in Essaouira!

Spices in the souq in Essaouira.. no damage!

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits Essaouira province

An earth tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale hit Saturday evening the province of Essaouira, southern Morocco, the National Geophysics Institute reported.

The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at around 8 pm, was in the commune of Sidi Kaouki, about 20 km from Essaouira.

No casualties or losses were reported, according to local authorities.


Monday, February 12, 2007

Morocco feels the earth move.

Although most people in Fez were oblivious to it - the earth did move on Monday at around 10.30 GMT. Yes, another earthquake, although according to a number of reports it only lasted a few seconds and resulted in no damage and no injuries. The interesting thing according to seismologists is that this appears to be part of an earthquake cluster with the last two earthquakes hitting on the 30th of January. In that case it was probably a primary quake and an after-shock, as this first was just over seven on the Richter scale and the second down to level five.

Monday's quake was reported by news agencies in the region with the Kuwait News Agency saying that the people "rushed onto the streets" and saying that it struck Rabat, Kanitra, Al-Jadida and Casablanca. According to the Moroccan Geophysics Institute, the weak magnitude of the earth tremor was so low that it was unable to produce a tsunami.

Head of the service of earthquake surveillance at the ING, Jebbour Nacer, told a Moroccan TV channel that the tremor, registering 6.3 points on the Richter scale, and we can expect it to be followed by weaker quakes.The epicenter according to ING was about 260km offshore from the capital, Rabat.

The Facts

The U.S. Geological Survey report states that the 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck at 1035 GMT 335 kms (210 miles) from Lisbon and 345 km (215 miles) north-west of Casablanca in Morocco.
Portugal's press also reported the quake being felt in Lisbon and the Spaniards were saying it hit Andalucia. Reuters was reporting that "Mobile phones briefly stopped working as people made urgent calls to check relatives were safe. The tremor revived painful memories of an earthquake in the Moroccan town of Al Hoceima in 2004 which killed nearly 600 people and made thousands homeless."


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Waterfront views from the Medina?

Now, while it is true that many weird and wonderful rumours sweep through the Medina (the price of brass will double because of international oil prices - hence your brass lamp MUST be bought today to save!) the latest is simply wonderful. A tsunami will be caused by pieces of a comet that will hit the Atlantic Ocean!!! Not only did this story gain some believers, the story was so widespread that the Moroccan Meteorological office has gone as far as proclaiming an official denial.

This denial comes after the Ufological Research Center warned on its website of a tsunami danger that would affect several countries, including Morocco.

Eric Julien, author of La Science Des Extraterrestres made an alert in his website about tsunami.

He claims that he has received information psychically, which is corroborated by scientific data, according to which on May 25, 2006 a giant tsunami will occur in the Atlantic Ocean, brought about by the impact of a comet fragment which will provoke the eruption of under-sea volcanoes.

He said that waves up to 200 m high will reach coastlines located above and below the Tropic of Cancer. He added that all of the countries bordering the Atlantic will be affected to greater or lesser destructive and deadly levels.

However, the head of the Meteorological Office, Mustapha Janah, told MAP news agency "the Ufological Research Center does not have technical means" to observe this kind of phenomenon.

Citing the American space agency "NASA," the official noted that the comet will pass away from planet earth at about 10 million kilometres, excluding hence any risk of a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean.

The last tsunami hit the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004. It was caused by a 9- magnitude earthquake which killed nearly 150,000 people throughout the region, and left more than 1.5 million homeless.

The 2004 tsunami is the worst in recorded history. Prior to 2004, the deadliest recorded tsunami in the Pacific Ocean was in 1782, when 40,000 people were killed by a tsunami in the South China Sea.

The tsunami created by the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa is thought to have resulted in 36,000 deaths.

The most deadly tsunami between 1900 and 2004 occurred in 1908 in Messina, Italy, on the Mediterranean Sea, where the earthquake and tsunami killed 70,000.

The most deadly tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean resulted from the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, which, combined with the toll from the actual earthquake and resulting fires, killed over 100,000.

So for all of you people in Fez busy building an arc with zellij floors, grand salons and extra room for the donkey... relax, and do not expect to wake up any day soon with a waterfront view!

Oh, and by the way, there is a rumour that we will have the internet on some day soon... inshallah.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Central Morocco struck by earthquake

An earthquake, estimated at 3.9% on the Richter Scale, struck Friday evening the town of Beni Mellal, 260 southeast of the capital Rabat.

The epicenter of the quake, which hit at 11:44 pm GMT, was located at the commune of Ouled Youssef.

This was not the first time Morocco was struck by earthquakes in the recent years.

In December 2004, a 5.1 Richter Scale earth quake struck the northern region of Nador, with several aftershocks felt on the following days.

But the hardest was the shattering earthquake that struck Al Hoceima, another northern province, claiming over 560 lives and leaving hundreds homeless.

In 1960, a huge earthquake devastated the southern city of Agadir killing thousands. The tremor measured 6.7 on the Richter scale.