The Reading / Listening - Earthquakes - Level 4

Iceland had 18,000 earthquakes last week. Most were too small to feel. The largest was a magnitude 5.6. This activity suggests that a volcano in the southwest of Iceland may erupt soon. Volcanoes in this area have been dormant for 800 years. Iceland is a volcanic island and is used to tremors. However, the recent quakes have worried people in the capital city Reykjavik. Scientists say despite the large number of quakes, there has been little damage.



Iceland sits on top of 100km-thick plates that are deep in the earth. The plates below Iceland are moving apart and pushing North America and Eurasia away from each other. A Reykjavik resident spoke about his anxiety. He said: "I have experienced earthquakes before, but never so many in a row. It is very unusual to feel the Earth shake 24 hours a day for a whole week. It makes you feel very small and powerless against nature."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Earthquakes - Level 5 or  Earthquakes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://nbc-2.com/news/national-world/2021/03/04/iceland-hit-with-17000-earthquakes-in-the-past-week-a-volcanic-eruption-could-be-near1/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/world/europe/earthquakes-eruption-iceland.html
  • https://people.com/human-interest/iceland-18000-earthquakes-last-week-signaling-potential-eruption/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Most were too small
  2. The largest was a
  3. a volcano in the southwest
  4. dormant
  5. Iceland is a
  6. recent quakes have worried
  7. despite the large number
  8. there has been little
  1. of Iceland
  2. volcanic island
  3. damage
  4. people
  5. of quakes
  6. for 800 years
  7. to feel
  8. magnitude 5.6

Paragraph 2

  1. Iceland sits on top of 100km-
  2. The plates below Iceland
  3. A Reykjavik resident spoke
  4. I have experienced earthquakes
  5. so many
  6. feel the Earth shake
  7. It makes you feel very
  8. powerless against
  1. before
  2. small
  3. are moving apart
  4. nature
  5. about his anxiety
  6. in a row
  7. 24 hours a day
  8. thick plates

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Iceland had 18,000 earthquakes last week. Most were too (1) ___________________. The largest was a magnitude 5.6. This (2) ___________________ a volcano in the southwest of Iceland may erupt soon. Volcanoes in this area have (3) ___________________ 800 years. Iceland is a volcanic island and is (4) ___________________. However, the (5) ___________________ worried people in the capital city Reykjavik. Scientists say despite the large number of quakes, there has (6) ___________________.

Iceland (7) ___________________ of 100km-thick plates that are deep in the earth. The plates below Iceland are moving (8) ___________________ North America and Eurasia away from each other. A Reykjavik resident spoke (9) ___________________. He said: "I have experienced earthquakes before, but never so many (10) ___________________. It is very unusual to feel the Earth shake 24 hours a day for (11) ___________________. It makes you feel very small and (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Icelandhad18,000earthquakeslastweek.Mostweretoosmalltofeel.T
helargestwasamagnitude5.6.Thisactivitysuggeststhatavolcanointh
esouthwestofIcelandmayeruptsoon.Volcanoesinthisareahavebeend
ormantfor800years.Icelandisavolcanicislandandisusedtotremors.H
owever,therecentquakeshaveworriedpeopleinthecapitalcityReykja
vik.Scientistssaydespitethelargenumberofquakes,therehasbeenlittl
edamage.Icelandsitsontopof100km-thickplatesthataredeepinthee
arth.TheplatesbelowIcelandaremovingapartandpushingNorthAmeri
caandEurasiaawayfromeachother.AReykjavikresidentspokeabouthi
sanxiety.Hesaid:"Ihaveexperiencedearthquakesbefore,butneverso
manyinarow.ItisveryunusualtofeeltheEarthshake24hoursadayfora
wholeweek.Itmakesyoufeelverysmallandpowerlessagainstnature."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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