Earthquake in Italy
An earthquake strikes in central Italy. It is a powerful earthquake. You can feel it in Rome. Buildings in Rome shake for 20 seconds.
People die in the earthquake. In one town, people find a family. They are all dead. A half of another town is gone. Two people die in a village.
In 2009, there was another powerful earthquake. Three hundred people died.
Difficult words: earthquake (when the ground shakes/moves), strike (hit), was (past of “is”).
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy. You could feel it across the country, including the capital Rome. Buildings there shook for 20 seconds.
A number of people died, and this number is set to rise. People found a family of four dead in a town, and half of another town in central Italy is gone. Two people died in a village.
In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Italy left more than 300 people dead.
Difficult words: magnitude (strength, power), strike (hit), rise (go up).
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A number of people have been killed after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy, and that number looks set to rise.
The severe earthquake hit the central region of Umbria just after 3:30 local time. It could be felt across a broad section of the country, including the capital of Rome, where buildings were reported to have shook for 20 seconds.
The Mayor of Amatrice told Italian radio that half the town is gone. A family of four have been found under the rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile, police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.
The earthquake was followed by several powerful aftershocks. The quake struck near the Umbrian city of Norcia, whose picturesque historic centre is popular with tourists. However, the mayor said no deaths have been reported there.
In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Aquila region, which was also felt in the Italian capital, left more than 300 dead.
Difficult words: magnitude (strength, power), severe (great), rubble (pieces of a broken building), aftershock (a smaller earthquake after the main shock of a large earthquake), picturesque (beautiful).