By now, most of the world is aware of the devastating magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Morocco this past weekend. The quake claimed over two thousand lives, injured thousands more, and affected cities throughout the beautiful country. The earthquake has been documented by USGS and detailed further below.
One of the survivors of the earthquake was New Jersey resident Amy Grigos, who was visiting Morocco on a work trip when the earthquake struck. Ms. Grigos is the founder of the luxury travel agency, High Access Travel, and was performing an inspection of a hotel (Royal Mansour Hotel) in Marrakech.
On Instagram, Ms. Grigos says, “Shortly before the devastating earthquake in Morocco, I was doing a site inspection and dinner at Royal Mansour. I had never experienced an earthquake. At first, I had no idea what was truly happening. Many thoughts ran through my mind, and none of them were good. I always say, ‘Things happen,’ but it's how they're handled that makes the difference. My friends, colleagues, and partners in Morocco were amazing during this time. Thank you again. We are all safe and praying for the people of Morocco who were not as fortunate.”
The earthquake struck at 11:11 PM local time, at a depth of 26 km, and was the strongest quake the region has seen in a while. Two aftershocks (magnitudes 4.9 and 4.2) were reported by USGS in the same region. USGS is a credible and globally recognized seismic activity monitoring system. UTC is an abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time.
Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Struck 52 km West Southwest of Oukaïmedene, Morocco: On 8 September 2023 at 10:11 PM UTC, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Oukaïmedene, Morocco, at a depth of 26 km.
Ms. Grigos has shared a ‘Go Fund Me’ which has been organized by survivors in the village of Ouirgane, Morocco. Proceeds are going toward food, personal care items, clothing, and other supplies for the people affected by the earthquake. The Red Cross is also seeking donations to help people in the region. All links will be added below.