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The following article summarizes information printed in the March 11, 1960 issue of the LYAUTEY LOG, the base paper published weekly. Most of the photos shown are also from the LOG. Several others, of obvious higher quality, were contributed by Tom Borbe, former member of VR-24.


Anyone who has photos, stories, and material they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, editor of the VR-24 website.

(Lyautey Log prather collection)

At 11:35 PM local time, on 28 February 1960, a strong earthquake struck Agadir, a seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast south of Casablanca. The quake killed over 12,000 people and destroyed approximately seventy percent of the buildings in what had been a city of 31,000 residents.
The photos on this page show some of the devastation caused by the earthquake. The photo at right shows rescuers near the sign atop the wreckage of SAADA Hotel. Previously a five-story luxury hotel (shown in the lower right corner of the collage of Agadir photos above) the floors of the hotel pancaked into a twenty-foot high pile of rubble.

(Lyautey Log Prather collection)



Lyautey Log prather collection

USN Photo borbe collection

U.S. Navy rescue party searches for survivors.

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