September 22, 2023

Agadir earthquake’s Moroccans’ memories of the 1960.

  • September 12, 2023
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Agadir earthquake’s Moroccans’ memories of the 1960.

Last week’s earthquake in Morocco brought back memories of the one that wrecked Agadir in 1960, killing as many as 15,000 people and leaving a lasting impression on future generations.

81-year-old Sarah Pinson is having trouble falling asleep. The news of the earthquake that struck Morocco. On September 8 has made many remember how terrifying it was when Agadir was been destroy on February 29, 1960. The temperature risen to 40°C that day. According to seismologists, the ground felt as though it were being shaken in all directions by a furious hand about 11:40 p.m., first along a horizontal axis and then vertically. The city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast virtually destroyed in less than 15 seconds: between It was the most disastrous earthquake in the history of the nation, with between 12,000 and 15,000 fatalities and 25,000 injuries.

In Agadir, Pinson took her school leaving exam that morning, a Monday, and went on to marry a Frenchman and own a gallery in Paris. “Late in the morning, following the exam, we experienced our first earthquake. Everyone laughed as some tins fell on the grocery store owner’s head, Pinson recalled. In her absence, her geography and history instructor visited her parents. She had heard of a community that had vanished into the dirt close to the Algerian border. The teacher said, “If something happens, go for the sea.

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Pinson and her beautiful siblings did exactly that in the dead of night, buried in thick, choking dust. Without knowing where their parents were. They met up again, still alive but in shock. Their aunt and cousins had passed away. At the age of eight, Boujelli Lahcen left an orphan that evening by “a horn beast.” My father ran a modest bakery on Khalifa Street in Talborjt, where I grew up in Agadir.
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