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  • A powerful earthquake shook Morocco,

  • killing more than 1000 people, destroying buildings and setting off a scramble to rescue those trapped under the debris.

  • The magnitude 6.8 quake struck less than 50 miles from the ancient city of Marrakesh, a popular tourist destination.

  • The room started shaking.

  • There's no other way. We just going backwards and forwards and everything started moving and pictures started moving,

  • and so we just grabbed some clothes and our bags and we raced out.

  • Along with the collapsed buildings, a historic mosque was damaged but Marrakesh escaped the worst of it.

  • Rural areas that are difficult to access suffered the most severe damage, officials said.

  • Tremors were felt across the country and as far away as Portugal.

  • Officials said the timing of the quake which hit at 11:11 pm when most people were home also made things worse.

  • Video showed residents and tourists clearing restaurants and spilling out onto the streets shortly after the quake.

  • Efforts to rescue residents trapped under the debris are underway.

  • With many more injured and in critical condition, authorities said they expected the death toll to rise.

  • According to the US geological survey, earthquakes in Morocco are uncommon but not unexpected.

  • However, there has been none of this size within about 310 miles of Friday's quake since 1900.

A powerful earthquake shook Morocco,

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