Let's talk about earthquakes, which are common and devastating natural disasters. In this lesson, I'll help you build your vocabulary and understand different words and phrases that are related to earthquakes.

We will read several articles and I will highlight some precise words that will help you better understand this topic if you continue to read about earthquakes or talk about them in conversation.

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VOCABULARY FROM THE LESSON

1. Magnitude – measure of how strong or violet and earthquake is

2. Struck (past) – to cause a person or place to suffer severely from the effects of something very unpleasant that happens suddenly

3. Widespread – existing or happening in many places and/or among many people
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Death toll – the number of people who die because of an event such as war or an accident

5. Search and rescue – the search for an offer of aid to people who are in distress or in danger

6. Collapse – to fall down suddenly because of pressure or having no strength or support
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Rubble – piles of broken stones and bricks, etc. that is left when a building falls down or is destroyed
8. Epicenter – the point on the earth’s surface directly above an earthquake

9. Cave in – when the ceiling, roof, or other structure breaks and falls into the space below
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Take matters into (one’s) own hands – to deal with a problem yourself because the people who should have dealt with it have failed to do so
11. Tremors – a slight earthquake
12.

Reeling – very confused or shocked and unable to act

13. Devastating/devastated – cause a lot of damage or destruction

ARTICLES FROM THE LESSON

Haiti earthquake: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Drone footage shows damage near Haiti quake epicenter as death toll tops 2,100

Tremors strike Haitian city still reeling from quake

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