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dateline: 14 August 2012

Twin Earthquakes Hit Iran

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • magnitude: strength
  • aftershock: a smaller earthquake or tremor in an area where a large earthquake recently occurred
  • squad: a small group with a specific job to do
  • fault line: an area where the earth’s crust is cracked
  • panic: sudden fear

Twin Quakes Hit Iran

Two earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11th, killing over 300 and leaving thousands injured and . The 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude earthquakes struck eleven minutes apart, and were followed by many aftershocks. Dog squads were used to find people who were trapped under the rubble in the villages. Residents reported that birds in panic moments before the first earthquake hit. The area is located on some major fault lines, and has been devastated by before. In 2003, more than people died in a 6.6 magnitude quake in Iran’s historic city of Bam.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the earthquakes occur?
  2. Which types of animals does the report mention, and why?
  3. How did the earthquake in 2003 differ from this earthquake?

Discussion Question: Two days after the quakes, Iran’s President visited Saudi Arabia to attend a meeting about the crisis in Syria. He was criticized greatly for leaving his country at this time. Should leaders change their plans when natural disasters strike in their own nations?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

One Comment on Twin Earthquakes Hit Iran

  1. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    I’m so sorry to tell you that my country has a lot of major fault lines. Some of them are in big cities of Iran.

    It is several years that the managers of big cities don’t permit to builders that they build buildings in any way they want. So they should build the buildings in the best way and the safest manner.

    Now, the big problem in my country is about the old buildings in cities and villages because some of these buildings have more than 60 years old. if an earthquake happens in my country, these buildings will destroy surely.

    In addition, the government cannot force owners to rebuilding their buildings unless they want to do this voluntary.

    Thank you for reporting this subject,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

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