The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake at a depth of about 10 km, roughly close to the town of Azrou in Ifrane Province, northern Morocco, slightly before 1.50 pm local time (slightly before 12.50 pm GMT) on Friday 22 February 2019. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but it may have been felt locally.
The approximate location of the 22 February 2019 Ifrane Province Earthquake. Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen.
Morocco lies on the northernmost part of the African Plate, while Spain to the north is part of Eurasia. Africa is pushing into Europe from the south, which causes Earthquakes around the Mediterranean Basin. These are most common in southeast Europe, but those in northwest Africa, while less frequent, are often larger and more deadly.
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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