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Carlsbad man returns from Morocco after devastating earthquake

Debris left behind from the earthquake in Morocco
Posted at 10:54 PM, Sep 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-28 19:00:13-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — Nourdean Anarak, a Carlsbad resident, came back to Southern California on Friday after experiencing the magnitude 6.8 earthquake that shook Morocco more than a week ago.

Anarak is originally from Morocco. His family came to America roughly 50 years ago, and he goes back to Morocco about once a year.

This time, his visit was extended after the earthquake shocked the country.

"Most of the people were missing, a lot of families, a lot of children and that was just devastating," said Anarak.

When the natural disaster struck, Anarak was having dinner in the northern part of the country and only felt a shake.

The southern portion of Morocco was hit much harder.

Anarak was scheduled to leave Morocco and come back to California the day after the earthquake. Instead, he chose to stay to try to help those in need.

"We've got a team in Tangier, as well as in San Diego with a lot of people helping send in a lot of additional funding and medical supplies and food and blankets."

Anarak and his friends are working to donate funds to those in need of rebuilding. The GoFundMe campaign is specifically for medical supplies.

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