A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Atlas mountains of Morocco, resulting in a death toll of over 2600 people, making it the deadliest quake in Morocco in 60 years. Entire villages in the foothills of the mountains were wiped out, and rescue efforts are underway to find survivors and recover the bodies of the dead. The government has set up emergency shelters and non-profit groups are assessing needs in the affected areas. The education ministry has suspended school classes in the worst-hit villages, and there has been a call for blood donations and essential goods for victims. Offers of aid from several countries have been accepted.