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Agadir Earthquake

February 29-March 1, 1960

Aerial view showing destruction in the newer section of Agadir, an estimated 70% of which was destroyed. Only about 5% of the older section was undamaged.
aerial view of destruction

Wreckage in the streets of Agadir. The two earthquakes were followed by a tidal wave and fire, leaving almost 45,000 homeless.
wreckage on the streets

Remnant of a building surrounded by rubble after the earthquake. The cost of rebuilding the city was estimated at $100,000,000.
destroyed building

Bodies of the dead lining a highway. About 5,000 persons were buried in mass graves on March 6. The total death count was about 20,000.
bodies of the dead

Crown Prince Mulay Hassan (left) and King Mohammed V visiting camp where survivors of the Agadir earthquake were housed. The King pldeged his personal fortune as collateral for a loan to rebuild the city.
monarchs visiting camp

Injured survivors arriving at Casablanca ina Spanish plane. U.S. and French planes also served in the airlift.
survivor airlift

SOURCE
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/events/1960_02_29.php

SEE ALSO
In the Year 1960
King Mohammed V

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