Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reading Comprehension: Australian Earthquake

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has hit the Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder this morning. It is the strongest earthquake in 50 years to hit the region. The Goldfields region of Western Australia is considered one of the more geologically stable regions of Australia, in comparison to the southwest corner of the state, which is an active zone at the edge of the Yilgarn block. Kalgoorlie is located 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of the capital — Perth — and is historically the largest gold producing center of its type in Australia. Kalgoorlie is also the largest urban center in the goldfields region, and has the largest number of buildings that would be vulnerable to such an earthquake. Minor casualties have been reported, and miners and school children have been evacuated. Buildings have been damaged in Kalgoorlie.

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What city was struck by the earthquake?

Was anyone killed by the earthquake?

What happened to the school children?

Has there been a larger earthquake in the last 50 years?

Are earthquakes unusual for this area in Australia?

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