DFA: No Filipinos hurt in Morocco quake that killed over 600

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — No Filipinos have been affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Morocco on Friday night, killing more than 600 people, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

"We are checking on OF [overseas Filipino] conditions. There are approximately 4,600 OFs in Morroco, 50 in Marrakech. We checked with Filcom [Filipino Community] Leader and she said they are ok," Philippine Ambassador to Morocco Leslie Baja told DFA Undersecretary Eduardo De Vega, in a text correspondence shared with CNN Philippines.

"No Filipinos affected. We are monitoring continuously," Baja told CNN Philippines.

As of this writing, at least 632 people were killed in the tremor, while 329 were wounded -- 51 of whom are in critical condition.

The powerful quake struck Morocco's High Atlas Mountain range late Friday.

It also damaged buildings in Marrakech, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization heritage site in Morocco, where 50 Filipinos reside.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was the strongest to hit that part of Morocco in over a century.

READ: Powerful earthquake strikes Morocco, killing more than 600 and damaging historic Marrakech

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