• Short Summary

    Thousands were weeping over the bodies of their beloved, while doctors and nurses treated the injured, and rescuers freed hundreds of trapped tourists and inhabitants from the ruins of shattered Agadir, Mar 1, after the seaport and tourist resort on Morocco's south-west coast had been struck by the worst earthquake in the country's history, which brought a huge tidal wave and fires in its wake.

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    Thousands were weeping over the bodies of their beloved, while doctors and nurses treated the injured, and rescuers freed hundreds of trapped tourists and inhabitants from the ruins of shattered Agadir, Mar 1, after the seaport and tourist resort on Morocco's south-west coast had been struck by the worst earthquake in the country's history, which brought a huge tidal wave and fires in its wake.

    After a preliminary tremor which was not sufficient to alarm the population, the main shock - recorded shortly before midnight as far away as Moscow - turned 80% of the buildings in new Agadir into huge piles of rubble and wrecked nearly 90% in the densely populated old Moroccan quarter of Talborit. Scores of ultra-modern hotels, hundreds of blocks of flats and thousands of other buildings crumbled within seconds, crushing people asleep in their beds, trapping others on ground floors and in basements. More destruction and confusion was caused by a tidal wave rolling up 300 yards into the low-lying quarters.

    The scene left by the brutal force of having earth and raging water was one of indescribable horror and agony. As the wail of the injured rose to the sky and flames shot from the ruins, survivors fled from the nightmare, some on foot, some riding mules, and others using every kind of remaining vehicle. In the shattered city, medical staff at the badly damaged hospital worked all night, moving bed-ridden patients out on to the pavement and engaging in the formidable task of tending the numberless host of injured victims.

    French aircraft joined those sent from Rabat and Casablanca, US planes carried rescue workers from bases in North Africa, French and Spanish naval forces were ordered to the scene. Red Cross contingents and volunteers arrived from all directions to bring relief, treat survivors, and save the lives of the many who were still buried under the chaos of debris. With the water supply completed disrupted there was immediate danger of an epidemic.

    Meanwhile, international help has been mobilised, and building material and workers are streaming into the area from all over Morocco. Although there is as yet no official death roll, it is another three to four thousand, including several hundred European tourists, are also believed to have been killed. The number of injured listed is 2,000, the estimated number of homeless about 40,000 in the whole of the stricken area.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA16SODZ5XONTX2F7W1B6VZJ2Y9
    Media URN:
    VLVA16SODZ5XONTX2F7W1B6VZJ2Y9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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