HomeWorld NewsMorocco earthquake live updates: Over 2,600 killed in rare, powerful quakeMorocco earthquake live updates: Over 2,600 killed in rare, powerful quakeMon, September 11, 2023SHARE NOW Said Echarif/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(MARAKECH, Morocco) — The death toll has continued to climb in the wake of the rare and powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco Friday night.More than 2,600 people are confirmed dead.The quake, Morocco’s strongest in more than a century, hit the country’s High Atlas mountain range near Marrakech.Latest headlines: -Rescuers reach epicenter -Death toll reaches 2,681 -Biden offers ‘necessary assistance’ to devastated Morocco -Algeria offers to open its airspace to Morocco following deadly quakeHere’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern.Sep 11, 12:47 PM EDT Rescuers reach epicenterFor the first time on Monday, ambulances and aid teams in trucks reached Ighil, the mountainous area where the earthquake’s epicenter was located, according to state TV.Emergency teams worked to clear rockfalls blocking rocks to over a dozen remote villages in the area, and members of the armed forces walked on foot along rugged roads to provide aid, state TV reported.Rescue teams searched for missing victims under the rubble in the devastated Talat N’Yaaqoub village in the Atlas Mountains, which was almost entirely flattened.ABC News’ Ayat Al-TawySep 11, 11:05 AM EDT Death toll reaches 2,681The death toll in Morocco has now reached 2,681.At least 2,501 others are injured.Sep 11, 7:04 AM EDT Death toll rises to 2,497, officials sayAt least 2,497 people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Morocco, the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces said Monday.Another 2,476 were injured in the quake, as of 10 a.m. local time on Monday, the forces said.Sep 10, 1:31 PM EDT Biden offers ‘necessary assistance’ to devastated MoroccoPresident Joe Biden on Sunday expressed his “sadness by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco” and said the United States is committed to providing the country with all “necessary assistance.”During remarks in Vietnam, Biden said the United States is working to make sure Americans in Morocco are safe.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Morocco and my friend King Mohammed VI,” Biden said. “We’re working expeditiously to ensure American citizens in Morocco are safe, standing ready to provide any necessary assistance to the Moroccan people as well. We made that offer. “Sep 10, 1:07 PM EDT Death toll rises to 2,122, thousands more injuredAt least 2,122 people are dead following Friday’s massive earthquake, according to the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces.Al-Haouz province, where the epicenter was located, suffered the highest number of deaths, followed by the province of Taroudant.In the village of Amizmiz, some areas have been entirely wiped out, local TV reported. The Red Cross warned that it could take years to repair the damage.At least 2,421 are injured, officials said.Sep 09, 5:46 PM EDT Death toll surpasses 2,000The death toll in the earthquake near Marrakech has surpassed 2,000, according to Morocco’s Interior Ministry.At least 2,012 people were killed, mostly in Marrakech and five provinces near the epicenter, officials said. At least 2,059 people were injured — including 1,404 critically — officials said.Sep 09, 11:11 AM EDT Algeria offers to open its airspace to Morocco following deadly quakeAlgeria has offered humanitarian aid and has offered to open its airspace to allow eventual humanitarian aid or medical evacuation flights in and out of neighboring Morocco as the death toll continues to rise.The country, which is bordered by Morocco to the west, closed the airspace when its government severed diplomatic ties with Morocco in 2021 over a series of issues. The countries have a decades-long dispute involving the territory of Western Sahara.Algeria said it is ready to offer humanitarian aid “in solidarity with the brotherly Moroccan people, in case the authorities of the Moroccan kingdom express a wish for this,” Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s office said in a statement Saturday.The statement also offered condolences for the dead and “deepest compassion” for the injured.Sep 09, 6:32 AM EDT President Biden issues written statement on Morocco earthquakePresident Biden said in a written statement that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco.”“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this terrible hardship,” the president said. “My administration is in contact with Moroccan officials. We are working expeditiously to ensure American citizens in Morocco are safe, and stand ready to provide any necessary assistance for the Moroccan people. The United States stands by Morocco and my friend King Mohammed VI at this difficult moment.”Sep 09, 6:29 AM EDT Casualty numbers climb as search and rescue operations continueThe number of casualties in the Moroccan earthquake has risen as search and rescue operations to find survivors continued on Saturday afternoon.The Moroccan Interior Ministry confirmed that at least 820 people have died and 672 people have been injured.Sep 09, 4:17 AM EDT At least 632 people dead, another 329 injuredAt least 632 people are dead and another 329 people have been injured in the earthquake that hit Morocco late Friday night, according to Morocco’s Interior Ministry on Saturday morning. The casualties were mostly in Marrakech and the five provinces near the quake’s epicenter. Authorities expect these numbers to rise as the search continues and rescuers reach remote areas.Sep 09, 1:44 AM EDT UN says it is ‘ready to assist’ as US embassy issues safety alertThe United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said he is “profoundly saddened” after learning of the earthquake that took place in Morocco late Friday night, according to a statement issued by the UN Saturday morning.“The Secretary-General was profoundly saddened to learn of the earthquake that hit Morocco today which claimed many lives,” the statement read. “The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the government and people of Morocco in these difficult times. He addresses his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. The United Nations is ready to assist the government of Morocco in its efforts to assist the impacted population.”Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Morocco urged Americans to “exercise caution for the next 24 hours in case of additional earthquakes or aftershocks” and to “adhere to police instructions regarding road closures or traffic disruptions.”Sep 09, 1:35 AM EDT Powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes MoroccoAt least 296 people were killed Friday night when a 6.8-magnitude struck Marrakech, Morocco, according to Morocco’s Interior Ministry.The quake struck within the Moroccan High Atlas Mountain range, roughly 75 km (46 miles) southeast of Marrakech, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.It was the strongest earthquake to hit that region in more than a century, according to the USGS.Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.