What Made the Al Haouz Earthquake So Violent?

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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French journalist Julien Nény has revealed the main reasons that made the earthquake in Al Haouz, Morocco, on Friday night exceptionally violent. Nény provided a detailed explanation of the strength of this earthquake, which rocked the region and reached a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale.

Nény explained the power of this seismic event that struck Morocco on Friday evening. He stated that the High Atlas Mountains, which were identified as the earthquake’s epicenter, are located, like the rest of Morocco, near the boundary between two significant tectonic plates: Africa to the south and Eurasia to the north.

The French journalist clarified that these two tectonic plates, Africa and Eurasia, collided with each other, leading to the ground shaking and the deformation of the High Atlas region.

Nény emphasized that this isn’t the first time the phenomenon of the two plates converging has occurred, but the simultaneous occurrence of these two phenomena, both the earthquake’s magnitude and its depth, is what resulted in these recent violent tremors. The earthquake’s epicenter reached depths between 10 and 20 kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface, with Nény noting that the deeper the earthquake, the more destructive it becomes.


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