Rescuers are frantically searching for survivors after an earthquake hit Morocco Friday (Sept. 9), killing thousands of people and leaving thousands missing or injured. Many news agencies are reporting the number of deaths has surpassed 2,800 people. The earthquake is the strongest earthquake to hit Morocco in more than a century. CNN reports the epicenter of the earthquake was near the country’s economic capital and tourist hub of Marrakech. Earthquakes are not uncommon in the region but an earthquake of this magnitude is unexpected.

CNN‘s and Rob Picheta report the following:

“The quake had a magnitude of 6.8, meaning it is classed as ‘strong.’ It also struck at a relatively shallow depth, making it more destructive. Morocco has suffered earthquakes in the past, but few in its history have been so powerful. This quake is Morocco’s deadliest since 1960, when an earthquake killed more than 12,000 people.

Earthquakes of this size in the region are uncommon, according to the US Geological Survey, but not unexpected. It noted that nine quakes with a magnitude of 5 or higher have hit the area since 1900, but none of them have had a magnitude higher than 6.”

This story is developing. For continuous coverage, please visit CNN.

This news brief was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on social media @Ntellectual.

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