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World Around Us Lesson 1



World Around Us - Natural Disasters

I hope that you enjoyed learning about how to prepare for an earthquake and how they are measured. This week you are going to be learning about an earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010.


Lesson 15 – Haiti Earthquake

In this lesson you will be learning about the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 and the devastating impact it had on the Haitian people and their economy. You will also learn about how other countries responded to the crisis in order to help the Haitian people. As you know, earthquakes happen when big pieces of rock, called tectonic plates, rub against each other and begin to shake. Tectonic plates make up our Earth’s crust. The power of earthquakes is measured with numbers on the Richter Scale. Any earthquake that measures more than a magnitude of 6.0 is very powerful. On January 12, 2010, at about 5 p.m., a massive magnitude- 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti. The centre of the quake was near the capital city, which was completely destroyed. Buildings and houses collapsed, and many people were killed or injured.


Step 1 – Open the ‘Haiti Earthquake’ Word document

Step 2 – Read the information about the earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010 (facts, impact and responses)

Step 3 – After you have read the information, complete the four boxes that are at the end of the document

*The answers are on a separate document which you will need to open