Friday, March 18, 2011

ARTICLES ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Minamisoma, Japan

Read this interview on News.com and listen to the full version of it, as well, by clicking on the player that is in the middle of the page.

Then, answer these questions in comment form:

1) What is the main purpose of the speaker?

2) What words does he mostly use concerning natural disasters? Create a short word list.

3) What are the repercussions of the earthquake?

4) What are the speaker's future predictions?


Other interesting links:

  • ABC News: Hover over each satellite photo to view the devastation caused/ Part 1 and Part 2
  • Post a message of support for the people of Japan on ELT News.
  • Shocking photos of the calamity on TIME.

4 comments:

  1. What is the main purpose of the speaker?
    The main purpose of the speaker is to describe what happened to Japan's northern pacific coast. He tries to inform us about the cause and the results of the natural disaster.

    What words does he mostly use concerning natural disasters? Create a short word list.
    Unbelievable, worst, huge quake, fairly significant death toll, damage to facilities, off the scale

    What are the repercussions of the earthquake?
    The earthquake generated tsunami. 10 meters high waves reached the coastline and carried back out to sea buildings, cars, trucks, homes and other structures. The damage on facilities is estimated to billions of dollars. Moreover thousands of people are trapped and missing. Probably the death toll will be hugh.

    What are the speaker's future predictions?
    The speaker thinks that the earthquake and the tsunami will cause a very big blow to any industry that relies on production. The next years will be a hard time for the economy of Japan. However he estimates that the construction industry will boom because of the upcoming rebuilding effort. Finally he cannot say how bad the situation is because additional tsunamis are expected.

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  2. Mano, all your answers are correct- you understood the article perfectly well! Pay attention to the corrections I have made to these two parts:

    *10-meter high waves reached the coastline and carried buildings, cars, trucks, houses and other structures back to the sea.

    *Probably the death toll will be high.

    As I said, great effort once again!

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  3. 1. The speaker’s main purpose is to describe the disastrous effects of the 8.9 magnitude quake. In addition, he also makes some predictions about the economy, and what will happen in the production industries.

    2. massive, carried back out to the sea buildings, fairly significant death toll, damage, the worst natural disaster, huge earthquake, to be far bigger than anticipated, to be a very big blow

    3. The speaker refers to the persecutions that Japan faces after the worst disaster since World War II. After the 8.9 magnitude quake, a tsunami was generated and it created 10metre waves. All the waves have gone into the coast and they carried back out to sea buildings, cars, homes and other structures. Last but not least, these damages resulted in an enormous number of dead and missing people.

    4. The speaker makes prediction mostly about the economy after the earthquake. As we all know Japan, is one of the biggest production industries worldwide. After this disastrous earthquake hit a great deal of the factories, have been totally destroyed. As a result, this will cause a very big blow to the economy, which will take a long time to be reconstructed.

    and this is the site with the earthquake vocabulary
    http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/53594.aspx

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  4. Great answers, Helen and bravo for exploring further links!

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