After an earthquake in Morocco killed over a thousand people, the country declared three days of national mourning and lowered its national flags to half-mast. This information was provided in a statement by the court of the King of Morocco.
An earthquake occurred in Morocco late on Friday evening. State television, citing local authorities, reported that over 1,300 people died. The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8 and caused much destruction. According to the United States National Geological Survey (USGS), “it was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the country.”
On Saturday, the court of the King of Morocco announced the declaration of three days of national mourning. He said that national flags would be lowered to half-mast. The military is expected to send rescue teams to provide drinking water, food, tents and blankets to the affected areas.
Earlier, the AFP agency, citing information from the Paris City Hall, reported that the lights on the Eiffel Tower would turn off at 11 p.m. local time in tribute to the victims of the earthquake.
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