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Cristiano Ronaldo's hotel on the outskirts of Marrakech acts as a refuge after Morocco earthquake

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 800 dead and a further 650 wounded.

As a result, people have taken to any buildings that they can to 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 recover, 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."

What is the Richter Scale?

The scale was developed by an American scientist and physicist called Charles Francis Richter in 1935

As mentioned earlier, the scale measures the power of earthquakes. It does that by tracking the amplitude of waves via seismographs.

The scale goes up to 9.9 and contains nine classes ranging from micro to extreme. The micro end which are essentially undetected, occur millions of times per year but an extreme earthquake is never seen more than three times in a century.

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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