1960 Agadir earthquake


1960 Agadir earthquake

earthquake
title= 1960 Agadir earthquake
date= February 29 1960


magnitude = 5.7 Mw
countries affected = Physical: Morocco
casualties = 15,000|

The 1960 Agadir earthquake took place on February 29, 1960, at 23:40 in the evening. It was the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history with a magnitude of 5.7 Mw, killing around 15,000 people (about a third of the city's population of the time) and wounding another 12,000. [ [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/events/1960_02_29.php "Historical earthquakes"] - USGS] At least 35,000 people were left homeless.

After the earthquake

The city was evacuated 2 days after the earthquake in order to avoid the spread of disease. Agadir was rebuilt 3 kilometers to the south of the original site after the request of late king Mohammed V stating that "If Agadir is doomed to be destroyed then its rebuilding depends on our will". The French aircraft carrier La "Fayette" participated in rescue operations.

ee also

* List of earthquakes

External links

* [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/events/1960_02_29.php "Historical Earthquakes - Agadir"] - USGS
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/29/newsid_3829000/3829809.stm "1960: Thousands dead in Moroccan earthquake"] - bbc.co.uk (On this day)
* [http://www.pbase.com/beunard/agadir_earthquake Pictures of the earthquake]
* [http://dailyheadlines.uark.edu/images/hotelsaadabeforeandafter.jpgA hotel, before and after the earthquake]

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