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Earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people in Morocco was of “shallow depth”, explains expert to CNN

The professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of São Paulo (USP) Pedro Cortes explained, in an interview with CNN this Sunday (10), that the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that left more than 2,000 people dead in Morocco was “of shallow depth”.

“The earthquake is considered shallow, shallow – around 18 km – while earthquakes often occur at a depth of 100 km. This low depth means that we have a smaller layer of rocks to absorb this impact”, said the expert.

According to the professor, “the deeper the tremor, the greater the thickness of rocks to absorb these shock waves”.

According to the expert, many buildings in the Marrakech region were not prepared to withstand an earthquake of such magnitude, which may have contributed to the destruction and the high number of deaths and injuries in the region.

*Produced by Duda Cambraia and Vinícius Tadeu, from CNN, in São Paulo

Source: CNN Brasil

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