Ronaldo’s hotel becomes home for survivors, as Morocco earthquake claims nearly 3000 lives


Former Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Morocco hotel has become a refuge site for survivors of the large earthquake on Friday.

The seismic shock measured 6.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale, which measures the power of earthquakes, and has left over nearly 3000 dead and a similar number wounded.

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According to Spanish media outlet Marca, as a result, people have taken to any buildings that they can find shelter following the natural disaster, including Ronaldo’s hotel.

The Pestana CR7 Marrakech is graded at four stars, just below luxury and includes an outdoor pool, fitness centre, restaurant, and terrace.

But as Moroccans come together to attempt to find recovery, the hotel has set aside its up-market qualities.

“The hotels the same. We had to come to the new area of Marrakech, where there are more luxury hotels, so to speak,” Irene Seixas, a Spanish national, said to channel 24h.

“Now we have managed to get Cristiano Ronaldo’s hotel, which is on the outskirts, to give us a room.

“We are waiting. We have slept all night on the street and at seven in the morning they told us that yes, we could approach.

“We are in a lobby a lot of people of different nationalities, waiting to see if we can get a room, but we have all slept on the street.”

The earthquake that hit Morocco scales at 6.8, placing it in the ‘strong’ category, marginally missing out on the ‘major’ group.

The most powerful earthquake ever recorded happened in Chile in 1960, and scaled at 9.6 causing an estimated $7.9 billion (USD) worth of damage.

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