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Two earthquakes compared. California. Iran. Here is your key question – write it in your books. How can similar earthquakes in Iran and USA have very different impacts on the people who live there?. Make your own fact file using the information that you will

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here is your key question write it in your books
Here is your key question – write it in your books.

How can similar earthquakes in Iran and USA have very

different impacts on the people who live there?

Make your own fact file using the information that you will

see on the next few slides. Then prepare an answer to the

key question.

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Location: Bam in Iran

Location: Bam in Iraq

Date: 26 December, 2003

Strength of earthquake on the Richter scale: 6.6

Number dead: 28,000

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Location: California in USA

Date: 22 December, 2003

Strength of earthquake on the Richter scale: 6.5

Number dead: 3

here are some other reasons why the earthquake in iran was so bad
Here are some other reasons why the earthquake in Iran was so bad:
  • The houses in Iran were badly built. They were made from mud brick which collapsed straight away.
  • When mud brick collapses it disintegrates.
  • This leaves less air pockets, which might have allowed some people to survive, even though they were trapped.
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Buildings like this in a rich country might topple, but they

don’t crumble. What would be your chance of survival in

this situation?

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The time of day when the earthquake happened was also important.
  • In Bam, it happened at 5 o’clock on a Friday morning. Friday is the Muslim day of rest.
  • Where do you think most people were, and why did they die?
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