- persistent /per-SIS-tuhnt/
- impede /im-PEED/
- aftershock /AF-ter-shok/
- magnitude /MAG-ni-tood/
- rupture /RUHP-cher/
[adjective] – lasting for a long time or difficult to get rid of
His cough stayed persistent and eventually never subsided.
[verb] – to make it more difficult for something to happen or more difficult for someone to do something
The lack of a torch did not impede him from moving further.
[noun] – a sudden movement of the earth’s surface that often follows an earthquake and is less violent than the first main movement
A 5.4 magnitude aftershock shook the region many hours after the first earthquake.
[nount] – the large size or importance of something
The earthquake had a Richter scale magnitude of 7.1.
[verb] – to (cause something to) explode, break, or tear
He needed to be transported to the hospital because his appendix had ruptured.
Numerous aftershocks, including one that was nearly as strong as the initial tremor, followed the earthquake, which affected southern Turkey and northern Syria. According to the official magnitude scale, it registered as a 7.8, or “major” earthquake. It ruptured along a fault line that was approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) long, seriously damaging buildings close to the fault. This incident took place early in the morning while individuals were sleeping inside. The level of readiness would be lower than for a place that was more accustomed to dealing with earthquakes because there had not been a large earthquake in this area in more than 200 years or any warning indicators.
- What do you do to prepare for earthquakes?
- How well do you think your house/apartment would resist an earthquake?
- If given the chance, what kind of help would you extend to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria?
- Should Turkey’s and Syria’s governments make significant changes in preparation for strong earthquakes in the future?
- How do you think the buildings in Turkey and Syria should be designed to withstand earthquakes?