During earthquakes like the one that struck Morocco on September 8th, the terrain undergoes changes due to the Earth’s movements. Among these alterations, inhabitants observe that new water sources emerge while others dry up.
Kamal Agherroud, a doctor in geosciences, explains that the Atlas Mountains contain water reserves supplied by rainfall and referred to as karst aquifers. They form or disappear with tectonic movements. For instance, residents of Meknes (Morocco) noticed that the Aïn Betit spring (9000 liters/second) dried up just after the earthquake and reappeared a few days later.
Experts recommend conducting an inventory of water sources to understand the organization of groundwater after the earthquake and establish sustainable resource management.
Source: Le Matin