A businessman based in Marrakesh’s Medina says the historic centre of the city has escaped with “relatively little damage” and much of normal life is continuing.
Colin Bosworth, who runs a property company, says he has been out and about in the old city and much of it is unaffected.
Speaking to BBC News, he acknowledges that some older buildings built with traditional materials have collapsed, but also says “shops and bars are open as usual”.
Bosworth says when the earthquake struck on Friday night, it felt like an explosion had hit his home which started to “shake violently”.
Quote Message: The wife and child were upstairs. We all came down into the courtyard. A policeman came into the street and shouted to everybody to get out of the alleyways and up into the car parks.”
The wife and child were upstairs. We all came down into the courtyard. A policeman came into the street and shouted to everybody to get out of the alleyways and up into the car parks.”
After carrying his daughter to safety and finding cushions for her to sleep on, they returned to their house the next morning to assess the damage.
Fortunately, there was “nothing too serious”, he says, just some minor damage to a wall and a fallen chimney which he said can be “repaired pretty quickly”.
But he says his “heart goes out” to those who have been more severely affected.