The intensity of the “Al Haouz earthquake” is equivalent to the detonation of 30 nuclear bombs

Bill McGuire, professor of geophysics and climate risk at University College London, revealed that the strength of the Al Haouz earthquake was equivalent to the force of 30 nuclear bombs similar to those dropped on the city of Hiroshima in 1945.

In an article published in the British newspaper The Sunday Times, McGuire pointed out that the Agadir earthquake in 1960, which killed up to 15,000 people in the south of the country, may be the most famous, but another earthquake occurred in 2004, and its epicenter was on the northern coast. It killed more than 600 people.

However, neither of these events was as powerful as the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck an area 40 miles southwest of Marrakesh on Friday night, releasing the same amount of energy as 30 atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima.

For his part, Badr Safraoui, professor of geology at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes and expert in stratigraphy, said: “The energy emitted from the Al Haouz earthquake, whose epicenter was located in the Iguil group and whose magnitude reached 7 degrees on the Richter scale, is equivalent to the explosive force of 32 nuclear bombs like the one that struck It contains the city of Hiroshima during World War II.

The Moroccan newspaper “Hespress” quoted Al-Safrawi as confirming that “the energy emitted from an earthquake increases with its strength. For example, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale is equivalent to one Hiroshima bomb, while the energy emitted from an earthquake with a magnitude of 8 equals the energy generated by The explosion of 1,024 nuclear bombs,” pointing out that “the Al Haouz earthquake is classified as a very strong earthquake.”

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