According to the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Information Network, the earthquake occurred at 23:11 local time on the 8th (6:11 GMT on the 9th), with a magnitude of 6.8, and its epicenter was located about 71 kilometers southwest of the southern Moroccan city of Marrakech, at a depth of 18.5 kilometers. Morocco's national geological monitoring agency announced later that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and a depth of 8 kilometers. CCTV news said the epicenter of the powerful quake was located in the Greater Atlas Mountains region. The Great Atlas Mountains is the main vein of the western section of the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, located in the center of Morocco.USGS analysis said that the earthquake epicenter was shallow, the main reason for the earthquake was "the Atlas Mountains 'oblique reverse fault'".
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