Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: San Francisco, Mexico City, Japan, Lisbon, China, Indian Ocean Tsunami, and more.
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The image below details how a tsunami occurs, from the onset until it hits land. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the image above to answer the question. What happens as the waves from a tsunami get closer to the shore?
Pacific Ring of Fire (This annotation contains an image)
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Although moon-quakes are odd, why are they insignificant to humans?
Chapter 2: San Francisco, 1906 & 1989
'Fault' is a multiple-meaning word. Multiple-meaning words are words that have more than one meaning. Watch the video to learn more about multiple-meaning words. (This annotation contains a video)
Create a sentence using the word rubble.
The San Andreas Fault (This annotation contains an image)
San Francisco earthquake newspaper article (This annotation contains an image)
Using the image in the annotation above, what does obliterated most likely mean?
Chapter 3: Mexico City, 1985
Watch the video to learn the history of Tenochtitlan and why the Spanish soldiers destroy it. (This annotation contains a video)
Which inference supports the highlighted claim?
Why do the Spanish destroy Tenochtitlan?
Based on details in the text, what do you infer might happen if an earthquake hits Mexico City?
Chapter 4: Japan, 1923 & 1995
According to the timeline, what do these two events have in common?
Earthquakes in Japan: It's no wonder Japan experiences earthquakes. Look at the image below. Japan lies almost in the intersection of several continental plates. (This annotation contains an image)
What effect did the earthquake have on Tokyo and Yokohama?
Do you recall what causes a tsunami? When does a tsunami most often occur?
Chapter 5: Lisbon, 1755
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of priceless. Which of the following would be considered priceless?
Image of a capsized boat (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 6: China
Look at the map below. Can you locate the epicenter of the earthquake? (This annotation contains an image)
Use the annotation above to answer the following question. Why do you suppose this earthquake is considered one of the deadliest of the twentieth century? Use evidence from the map to support your answer.
Based on the details in the text, what can you infer about the earthquakes in China?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of predict. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for predict?
Chapter 7: Tsunami, 2004
What is the common factor in both of these events?
The Gulf of Alaska tsunami (July 9, 1958) is the largest ever recorded. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of retreated. Which of the following definitions is most closely related to the context of the sentence?
What does this detail reveal about the effects of being near the epicenter of an earthquake?
Chapter 8: Haiti, 2010
Use the image below to understand where the earthquake hit in Haiti. (This annotation contains an image)
Why were there a lot of casualties in the city of Port-au-Prince?
Image of young boy after the earthquake (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 9: Japan, 2011
Here is information about the March 11th earthquake in 2011. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the annotation above to complete the sentence. The epicenter of the earthquake is __________________.
Using context clues, what do you think contaminated means? Why did you make that guess?
How would having clean energy technologies help during a situation like the Japan earthquake?