2004 Morocco earthquake

2004 Morocco earthquake

title=2004 Morocco earthquake
date= May 21 2003

magnitude = 6.4 Mw
countries affected = MAR
casualties = 628 dead, 926 injured
The 2004 Morocco earthquake, at a magnitude 6.4 Mw, occurred on 24 February 2004 in near the coast of northern Morocco.

At least 628 people were killed, 926 injured, 2,539 homes destroyed and more than 15,000 people homeless in the Al Hoceima-Imzourene-Beni Abdallah area, Morocco. Maximum intensity IX in the Imzourene-Ait Kamra area. Ground cracks and landslides were observed between Ajdir and Beni Abdallah and maximum horizontal acceleration of 0.24g was recorded near Imzourene. Felt from Tetouan to Nador and as far south as Fes. Felt (V) at Melilla and (III) in many parts of southern Spain from Algeciras to Roquetas de Mar. Felt (II) at Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Madrid. Also felt in Gibraltar. Several aftershocks killed at least three people and destroyed previously weakened buildings. This earthquake occurred near the eastern end of the Rif mountain belt, which is part of the diffuse boundary between the African and Eurasian plates. The moment tensors and pattern of surface cracks indicate left-lateral strike-slip faulting on a buried NE-SW trending fault. This quake occurred near the epicenter of the magnitude 6.0 Al Hoceima earthquake of May 26, 1994, that injured one person and caused significant damage to adobe buildings. [ [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqinthenews/2004/usfgag/#summary USGS Earthquake Hazards Program » Magnitude 6.4 - NEAR NORTH COAST OF MOROCCO ] ]


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