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A 5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Morocco.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Nearly an hour ago the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Alboran Sea, 36 km northeast of Al Hoceima, Morocco at a shallow depth of 10km. The the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported the quake at 4.2-magnitude.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed again later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

Even though it was most likely felt by a lot of people close to the epicenter of the quake, it should not have caused any significant damage. Towns or cities that might have a weak shaking include  Al Hoceima (pop. 395,600) located 20 km from the epicenter, Tirhanimîne (pop. 55,800) 22 km away, Imzouren (pop. 40,000) 24 km away, and Bni Bouayach (pop. 18,300) 28 km away,
Midar (pop. 10,200) located 50 km from the epicenter, Nador (pop. 129,300) 77 km away, and Al Aaroui (pop. 36,000) 77 km away.

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