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2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.
dateline: 14 August 2012
Twin Earthquakes Hit Iran
- 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
- Where did the earthquakes occur?
- Which types of animals does the report mention, and why?
- 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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Twin Quakes Hit Iran
Two earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11th, killing over 300 and leaving thousands injured and homeless. 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 mountainous villages. Residents reported that birds crowed in panic moments before the first earthquake hit. The area is located on some major fault lines, and has been devastated by earthquakes before. In 2003, more than 25,000 people died in a 6.6 magnitude quake in Iran’s historic city of Bam.
- The earthquakes occurred in a mountainous region of northwestern Iran.
- The report mentions birds that panicked before the earthquake. It also mentions dogs that helped search for people under the rubble.
- Iran’s earthquake in 2003 killed a lot more people. Tens of thousands died rather than hundreds.
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.