Washington state mudslide preceded by small earthquake – British Columbia – CBC News

 

Washington mudslide

Washington state mudslide preceded by small earthquake – British Columbia – CBC News.

In Intermediate C classes, there is a unit about natural disasters, and disasters attract a lot of attention from everybody.  It’s useful to practice reading about, and listening to stories about disasters as they happen.  Frequently, people will discuss these events in the workplace and at other gatherings, so it’s useful to understand a range of the vocabulary.  What do you think?  Is this a serious disaster?

2 comments on “Washington state mudslide preceded by small earthquake – British Columbia – CBC News

  1. Depends on how one defines ‘serious’, doesn’t it? To the families who have lost people, it’s definitely serious. Looked at on a global scale, it’s not so large as, say, Katrina or the tsunamis in Asia (the Japanese one and the one in the southeast; sorry, forgot the names). If the small (1.1) earthquake destabilized the wet ground and caused that much damage, we in BC (I don’t live there just now, but it’s home), who are expecting a quake larger than the one in Japan have a lot we need to be thinking about. To me, in that sense, it’s serious. ~ Linne

    • I agree Linne. There was a pretty substantial loss of life. Sadly, many people in the area are saying that this slide was completely predictable, and this is the latest of many slides in the region.

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