Foreign Office issues advisory after Morocco earthquake

The Foreign Office issued a travel advisory for Morocco on Saturday morning after 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the north African country.

More than 600 people were confirmed dead by 11am on Saturday, following the quake at around 11pm local time on Friday.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake hit an area in the Atlas Mountains around 44 miles southwest of Marrakech.

Updated advice on the FCDO’s Morocco page said: “On Friday September 8 an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck Morocco near Marrakesh. You should follow local media and safety instructions from local authorities.”

Speaking on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, foreign secretary James Cleverley said: “”Devastating news of a substantial earthquake just outside Marrakesh, Morocco.

“The UK is continuing to support British nationals in the region. We stand ready to help our Moroccan friends in whatever way we can.”

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