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
Wreckage in the streets of Agadir. The two
earthquakes were followed by a tidal wave and fire,
leaving almost 45,000 homeless.
Remnant of a building surrounded by rubble after
the earthquake. The cost of rebuilding the city was
estimated at $100,000,000.
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.
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.
Injured survivors arriving at Casablanca ina
Spanish plane. U.S. and French planes also served in the
U.S. Geological Survey earthquake.usgs.gov
the Year 1960
King Mohammed V
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