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photo Tara Benwell Listen to News with Tara Benwell - Instructions:
1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 28 April 2015

Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • struck: hit (past tense of strike)
  • magnitude: measurement of force
  • horrific: awful; horrible
  • iconic: famous or historic
  • in ruins: collapsed; broken
  • aftershock: movements of the earth following a major earthquake
  • underway: in progress
  • Earthquake Devastates Nepal

    A powerful earthquake struck Nepal in the middle of the day on Saturday, at least 4,000 people dead and thousands more injured or homeless. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake is the strongest to have hit the area in more than 80 years. In addition to the horrific , many iconic buildings, , and monuments have been left in ruins. Aftershocks continue to the region, causing people, including hospital , to sleep outdoors. A massive rescue and recovery operation is underway.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. What is this report mainly about?
    2. How many people had been confirmed dead by the time this report was published?
    3. Why are people sleeping outside?

Discussion Questions: After a disaster like this, many experts say that it’s buildings that kill people, not earthquakes. What does this mean?

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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.

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