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- momentarily /moh-muhn-TAIR-uh-lee/
- derail /dee-REYL/
- stranded /STRAN-did/
- lift /lift/
- vigilant /VIJ-uh-luhnt/
[adverb] – for or in a short time
The lights went out momentarily during the heavy rain.
[verb] – if a train derails or is derailed, it comes off the railway tracks
Several people were injured when the train derailed.
[adjective] – unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transport or money
They were left stranded in the country due to financial reasons.
[verb] – to end a rule or law
Authorities lifted the warning yesterday morning.
[adjective] – always being careful to notice things, especially possible danger
Be vigilant of your personal belongings at all times.
Authorities in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Yamagata prefectures warned of possible aftershocks. Japan’s meteorological service issued a one-meter (3.3-foot) tsunami warning for areas of the north-east coast shortly after the incident, but it was lifted on Thursday morning after waves only one-third of that height reached shore. Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that the government was still assessing the extent of any damage and that emergency services had been inundated with calls. The Meteorological Agency warned the public on Thursday to be alert for more earthquake activity in the coming days. An official from the agency, Masaki Nakamura, also warned residents to be vigilant about the potential of mudslides.
- Do you have an emergency earthquake bag? What would you put in it?
- What must you do after a disaster strikes? (e.g. watch the news, check gas and water, etc.)
- If you were in the affected areas, would you evacuate? Why or why not?
- Is it possible to detect an earthquake before it hits?
- Do you think there are ways to prevent earthquakes? Please state your opinion.
- issue (verb)