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City in Morocco with 690,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate).
The new marina of Agadir, Morocco. It is located very close to the earthquake zone. Photo: Hugues.
Modern mosque of Agadir. Photo: Suzan Marie.
Agadir after the 1960 earthquake.
It is the capital of the Sous-Massa-Draa region with 3.2 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 70,880 km².
Agadir is a seaport and the administrative and economic centre for its region. The economic base for Agadir is mining of cobalt, manganese, zinc and lead; fishing, fish canning; production of metal products; and tourism.
Agadir has an international airport.
1500: Agadir was first a Portuguese settlement.
1536: Agadir is put under Moroccan rulers' control.
1911: Agadir played a central role in the prelude to World War I, when the French and Germans did not agree upon who should get the control over the city. The conflict almost ended in war.
1912: The French takes control over Agadir, as well as large parts of Morocco.
1960: An earthquake kills 15,000. The city is rebuilt with a new centre about 1,5 km further south, as it becomes clear that the old settlement is subject to seismic activities.