On February 29th one year ago, the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir was almost totally destroyed in an earthquake, which was accompanied by a huge tidal wave.
GV Undemolished houses, desolation in F.G.
LV Wrecked buildings
LV Ruined building
SV PAN Rubble
LV Crater in ground
LV PAN New prefabricated buildings
SV Workmen on building
CU Another workman
GV Prefabricated sections of building
SV PAN Building under construction
LV Old school building
LV New Prefabricated school buildings
LV PAN School buildings
SV (INT) Class room
CU School children
LV PAN Prefabricated Building
LV French Naval vessel
AV Flag at half mast
SV Ambulance on deck
LV Sailors beside coffins on deck
SV Wreath onto ship
SV Wreath placed beside coffin
SV French Ambassador boards ship
LV Crowd watch ceremony
LV Ceremony in progress
SV French flag
GV Wrecked Building
GV Desolate area of Agadir
EDITORS: see 1513/14/17/60 ect - Earthquake aftermath,- and 4268/60 Mohammed in Agadir.
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Background: On February 29th one year ago, the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir was almost totally destroyed in an earthquake, which was accompanied by a huge tidal wave. Twelve thousand people were killed and over 40,000 made homeless. For loss of life it was the worst of the world's three biggest quakes of 1960.
But now, a new Agadir is being built. The town centre had been moved, and the new buildings are situated on ground where there is less danger from earth tremors and quakes. The late King Mohammed visited Agadir last June to inaugurate the reconstruction work, and King Hassan II, then Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, directed salvage and rescue operations immediately after the disaster.
A school for Moslem, French and Spanish children presents a typical scene. The children are now being taught in recently erected, prefabricated huts, while nearby stands their old school, now ruined and unusable. Industrial workers are also being housed in prefabricated homes.
For many people, the tragedy of a year ago was brought vividly to life again recently, when the bodies of 150 French victims of the earthquake were repatriated from Agadir in a ship of the French Navy. The French Ambassador and the governor of Cassablanca came to pay their last respects before the ship sailed for France.