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The 1960 Agadirmarker earthquake took place on February 29, 1960, at 23:40 in the evening. It was the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccanmarker 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. At least 35,000 people were left homeless.

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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 Frenchmarker aircraft carrier La Fayette participated in rescue operations.

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