Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Morocco ~ Then and Now - El Hoceima

The View from Fez is in debt to Enzo Pantosti for bringing the old photograph of El Hoceima to our attention. The photographer of the 1950's shot is unknown, but Enzo took the modern one.

Al Hoceima, Hotel Etoile du Rif, 1950. In those years, it was called Hotel Florido.

Al Hoceima is a city in the north of Morocco on a northern edge of the Rif Mountains, on the Mediterranean coast. It is situated in the territory of the Ayt Weryaghel and Ibeqquyen tribes of the Rif, who speak Tarifit Berber, locally called Tamazight.

Between 1994 and 2004 the town and surrounding villages were hit by two earthquakes. The first, at 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred on May 26, 1994. The second, at 6.4, occurred on February 24, 2004, killing more than 560 people.


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