The repercussions of the earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night are still sparking interaction around the world and across social media sites, which have been filled with millions of posts in solidarity with the earthquake victims and calls to donate blood and food to relieve those affected.
The hashtags related to the earthquake topped the trend on the X platform (formerly Twitter) in almost all Arab countries, the most prominent of which were #Morocco_earthquake, #Morocco, and #Mercy_for_the_Victims.
An eyewitness named Zainab spoke about the horror that befell her on the night of the earthquake, saying: “I don’t know how I got out of the rubble alive, and I don’t know how I still have the courage to write these lines.”
Zeinab, who works as a teacher in the Taroudant province, added: “A dizzying tragedy struck, in which all the houses collapsed to the ground in a heart-wrenching scene. Some of my students fell victim to this earthquake, and this is the thing I cannot even believe.”
Zainab also posted pictures and videos of the destruction that befell her home, from which she “miraculously survived.”
Others posted videos showing residents of some Moroccan cities preparing to spend the second night outdoors, for fear of another violent earthquake.
Sadness surrounds social networking sites
Activists expressed their sadness and support for the Moroccan people, each in their own way.
A Moroccan tweeter posted a picture of his country’s flag, which he raised above his house in the Emirates, “as an expression of condolences to the victims of the earthquake and in appreciation of the heroes who are working hard to save those affected.”
The opening of Algerian airspace to planes heading to Morocco was also widely welcomed among Algerian and Moroccan tweeters, and many hoped that “the gesture would be a reason to end the conflicts between the two countries.”
Social networking sites were also filled with words of condolences and condolences sent by many celebrities and institutions around the world.
Many famous football clubs, including Real Madrid, published a statement expressing their condolences and sadness for the injury that befell the Moroccan people.
The Spanish national team also observed a minute of silence in mourning for the victims of the earthquake before the start of its training.
Many praised the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo’s provision of the Pestana Hotel, which he owns near the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, for those affected by the earthquake.
Blood donation campaigns
As soon as the catastrophic results of the earthquake became apparent, many institutions and organizations in Morocco launched blood donation campaigns with the aim of providing sufficient quantities of blood to those injured by the earthquake.
The calls received a wide response from Moroccan citizens, as centers designated for donations were crowded in many Moroccan cities.
The Moroccan football team’s account also published pictures of all its stars donating blood.
Many considered the rush by Moroccans to donate blood to be evidence of the spirit of solidarity they enjoy and an expression of their love for their country and their desire to help their brothers affected by the earthquake.
One tweeter said, “The influx of dozens of citizens to donate blood is a defining moment in which you truly feel the magnitude of the tragedy, the calamity, and the hope that there are still living people under the rubble, perhaps benefiting from the blood bank.”