A new aftershock shook Morocco today, causing panic among the population still recovering from the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week. The aftershock, which measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, was felt in several cities, including Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech. No casualties or major damages have been reported so far.
According to experts, this kind of seismic activity is normal after a strong earthquake, as the earth’s crust adjusts to the stress changes caused by the main shock. They also warn that moderate tremors between 4 and 5 magnitude can occur weeks or even months later, and that people should be prepared and follow safety guidelines.
However, they also reassure that a second strong earthquake in the short term is less likely, although they cannot rule out that possibility entirely. They explain that the probability of a large earthquake decreases with time, but it never reaches zero. They also stress that earthquakes are unpredictable and that no reliable method exists to forecast them.