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29/02/1960 Agadir earthquake

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THE TRAGEDY OF AGADIR

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Moroccan earthquake 1960

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Earthquake At Agadir (1960)

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A City Dies (1960)

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LE TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE D'AGADIR 1960

The 1960 Agadir earthquake occurred 29 February at 23:40 Western European Time (UTC+00:00). Agadir is located in western Morocco on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the earthquake's moderate moment magnitude of 5.8, its maximum perceived intensity was X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people were killed and another 12,000 injured with at least 35,000 people left homeless, making it the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history. Particularly hard hit was the Talbordjt area. The earthquake's shallow focus, close proximity to the port city of Agadir, and unsatisfactory construction methods were all reasons declared by earthquake engineers and seismologists as to why it was so destructive.
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