BTN (Behind The News) – NZ Earthquake 2011

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1.    Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.

2.    Why do a large number of earthquakes happen on the `Ring of Fire’?

3.    How are earthquakes measured?

4.    What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?

5.    Why was the recent earthquake more destructive that the September
earthquake?

6.    Seismologists can predict when earthquakes will occur. True or false? How/How not?

7.    What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?

8.    What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earthquake?

9.    What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

 

17 Comments on BTN (Behind The News) – NZ Earthquake 2011

  1. talstoj13
    August 6, 2013 at 11:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,
    These are my answers for the BTN task.

    1. The earthquake caused mass destruction. It caused flooded roads, collapsing buildings and crushed cars. It also caused burst water pipes, ruptured sewage and gas leaks.

    2. Lots of earthquakes happen in the ring of fire because it has most of the worlds active volcanoes.

    3. Earthquakes are measured using the Richter scale which measures how powerful the earthquake is.

    4. The magnitude of the recent Christchurch earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale

    5. The recent earthquake that hit Christchurch was more destructive than the earlier one because it was only five kilometers underground. Last year’s was deeper. That means the most recent one was closer to the city causing more destruction.

    6. There is still no way that anyone can predict when an earthquake will happen.

    7. Lots of things will need to be repaired after the earthquake. Including lots of houses and buildings. Water pipes and sewage pipes will need to be repaired. The historical cathedral in Christchurch will also need repairing.

    8. The long term needs of survivors from the earthquake would be that they need shelter and food because their houses have been destroyed and so have shops. They will need medical care because they have probably been injured. They will need support because someone they know may have passed away.

    9. Since watching the BTN story I feel sorry for the people who were involved. I now understand how they feel at the moment of the earthquake.

    From Talissa

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  2. Chelsea
    August 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith

    1. The devastation that the earthquake caused was floods, pipes broken and cars smashed.

    2. Earthquakes are bigger on the ring of fire because there are most of the worlds active volcanos are on it.

    3. Earthquakes are measured by something called the Richter scale which measures how big the earthquakes are.

    4. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3 on the scale.

    5. The more recent earthquake caused more damage because it was only 5km underground but the one that happened in September was under ground more.

    6. No one can predict when a earthquake will happen.

    7. Lots of things will have to be fixed like houses, shops, buildings, pipes and the church.

    8. The people that survived the earthquake will need shelter and food and water because their houses were be destroyed and all their food will be inside their house.

    9. I understand more clearly now after watching this story how much things are damaged in earthquakes.

    From Chelsea

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  3. Jayde
    August 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,
    Here are the answers for the BTN task..

    1.The devastation caused was that some of the historical buildings were half or completely gone forever and they would never look the same again.

    2. A larger number of earthquakes happen on the ‘Ring of Fire’ because it is where the most of the worlds active volcanoes are.

    3.Earthquakes are measured on a Richter scale.

    4. The magnitude was 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    5. It was more destructive then the September earthquake because it was higher up underground than the September one. The most recent one was 5km underground but the September one was deeper underground.

    6. False, because they would have to have very special devices that can say when there is an earthquake coming.

    7. After this earthquake they will need to rebuild houses, businesses ect.

    8. The people who survived the earthquake will need fresh food and water and somewhere to stay overnight.

    9.I understand more of how bad an earthquake can be when it is higher in up in the ground and when it is lower in the ground.

    From Jayde

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  4. Jackson
    August 8, 2013 at 12:01 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith

    Behind The News task
    NZ Earthquake

    1. The earthquake caused very bad damage and killed some people while many more were injured and a lot of damaged building and busted water pipes and ruptured sewerage pipes.

    2. The earthquake was caused by the amount of active volcanos in the ring of fire.

    3. They are measured on the Richter scale.

    4. The recent earthquake reached 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    5. The recent earthquake was bigger and more destructively damaging because this time it was closer to the surface

    6. False there is no real way of knowing if a earthquake is coming.

    7. The damaged sewage pipes, the broken water pipes and the damamged cathedral will need to be repared.

    8. They will need water and food a place to live while they get there city back up and running.

    9. I learned about he damage of the past earthquakes and how bad earthquakes can really get.

    From Jackson

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  5. thodesa13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:20 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith

    1. The earthquake in Christchurch in New Zealand caused damage to buildings. It flooded roads and also lots of cars got crushed.

    2. Lots of earthquakes happen in the ring of fire because almost every country near the ring of fire are all close to the edge of the tectonic plates.

    3. Earthquakes are measured by a richter scale to see how bad the earthquake is.

    4. The last earthquake in Christchurch was 7.1 measured on a richter scale.

    5. The earthquake that happened recently in Christchurch was more destructive than the one in September because the earthquake went higher underground than the one that happened that happened in September

    6. Seismologists can predict to know when an earthquake will happen because the will use there equipment to see when an earthquake will happen.

    7. After this earthquake, the Cathedral had to be rebuilt because the whole thing collapsed.

    8. The people that survived the earthquake will need to get food, water and maybe there house needs to be rebuilt.

    9. I understand more how destructive the earthquakes are in Christchurch.

    From Thomas

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  6. jeswill13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:20 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr smith

    1. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
    Lots of big buildings got damaged and people were sad and some people got hurt because the earthquake was so powerful.

    2. Why do a large number of earthquakes happen on the ‘Ring of Fire’?
    Most of the world’s active volcanoes are on the ring.

    3. How are earthquakes measured?
    Earthquakes are measured by Rictor scale.

    4. What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?
    The recent magnitude in Christchurch was 6.3.

    5. Why was the recent earthquake more destructive that the September
    earthquake?
    The centre of the quake was closer to the city so it did much more damage.

    6. Seismologists can predict when earthquakes will occur. True or false? How/How not?
    False no one can predict when a earthquake might happen they just happen.

    7. What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?
    Lots of buildings and homes will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake.

    8. What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earthquake?
    People will need food, water and shelter because the homes are probably all destroyed and need to be rebuilt.

    9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?
    I understand more about how much damage an earthquake can do and how people feel about it happening to them.

    From Jess

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  7. Trishy
    August 8, 2013 at 12:21 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,
    Here are the answers for the BTN task.
    Q1- Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
    A lot of cars got destroyed and people’s houses and different prehistoric buildings.
    Q2- Why do a large number of earthquakes happen on the ‘Ring of Fire’?
    The Ring of Fire is where the plates join.
    Q3- How are earthquakes measured?
    On a Richter Scale.
    Q4- What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?
    7.1 on the Richter Scale.
    Q5- Why was the recent earthquake more destructive that the September earthquake?
    The recent earthquake was 5 kilometers deep and then the one in September was deeper.
    Q6- Seisomologist can predict when earthquakes will occur true/false how/how not?
    False because there isn’t anyway to know if an earthquake is coming or not.
    Q7- What will be need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?
    Lots of things like houses, sewage pipes, buildings and the historical cathidral.
    Q8- What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earyhquake?
    The people will need a house to stay in for a few nights food and water so they can survive.
    Q9- What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?
    How much damage an earthquake can cause.
    From Trishy

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  8. grateag13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:21 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,

    1. The earthquake caused deaths, cars to be crushed and historic buildings like the Cathedral to be wrecked.

    2. The Ring of fire causes volcanoes to erupt and earthquakes to start.

    3. Earthquakes are measured on a Richter scale.

    4. The recent earthquake measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    5. This earthquake was more destructive because it was closer to the ground unlike the earthquake in September was further away from the ground.

    6. An earthquake is unpredictable, no one has a clue when a earthquake will hit.

    7. A very famous historic building called the Cathedral as damaged and will be rebuilt but will never be the same. 🙁

    8. People who survived a earthquake are lucky but still need food, water and medical attention to stay alive.

    9. A earthquake is very destructive and dangerous. After watching BTN I now understand how severe a earthquake is.

    From Grace

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  9. elipetr13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:22 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,

    1. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
    The earthquake caused flooded roads, damage to houses and damage to historic buildings.

    2. Why do a large number of earthquakes happen on the `Ring of Fire’?
    It happens in the ring of fire because most of the world’s active volcanoes are in the ring of fire.

    3. How are earthquakes measured?
    Earthquakes are measured by the Richter scale.

    4. What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?
    The recent magnitude in Christchurch was 6.3

    5. Why was the recent earthquake more destructive than the September earthquake?
    It was more destructive because the smaller one had more impact, because the centre of the quake was closer to the city.

    6. Seismologists can predict when earthquakes will occur. True or false? How/How not?
    No. No one can predict when an earthquake can occur.

    7. What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?
    The Cathedral will need repairing, water pipes, sewage drains and houses will need repairing.

    8. What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earthquake?
    Residents will need shelter, water, food, medical care and shelter.

    9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?
    I understand how much damage an earthquake can actually cause and how devastating it is.

    Regards, Elise

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  10. harmiss13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:22 am (5 years ago)

    DEAR MR SMITH

    1. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.

    An earthquake is caused by two tectonic plates rubbing together making a earthquake.

    2. Why do a large number of earthquakes happen on the `Ring of Fire’?

    The earthquake is near the ring of fire and this one was only 5km under the ground.

    3. How are earthquakes measured?

    A earthquake is measured on a Richter scale.

    4. What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?

    The last earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    5. Why was the recent earthquake more destructive that then September
    earthquake?

    The earthquake was more destructive because it was higher on the Richter scale.

    6. Seismologists can predict when earthquakes will occur. True or false? How/How not?

    Yes because they can use their technology when the earthquake is coming.

    7. What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?

    They need to rebuild all of their city.

    8. What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earthquake?

    They have very little food and need to find clean water.

    9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

    I understand that earthquakes are very strong when its up to 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    FROM HARRISON

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  11. Deakon
    August 8, 2013 at 12:26 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith
    1. The earthquake caused people to panic, buildings to fall and cars to be destroyed.
    2. The reason there is so many earthquakes in the ring of fire is because those country’s/city’s are near the continental plates.
    3. Earthquakes are measured by magnitude on the Richter Scale. For example a 4.9 magnitude Earthqauke.
    4. The Christchurch earthquake was 6.3 magnitude.
    5. The reason the recent Christchurch earthquake was more destructive than the recent one was because the September Earthquake was farther underground.
    6. They can guess or know when an earthquake is coming and the can’t predict how big it is .
    7. They will need to rebuild Christchurch and all of the destroyed houses and buildings.
    8. Earthquake survivors need money to rebuild their things as well as food and water.
    9. I understand to never build anything near the continental plates.

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  12. billout13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:28 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,
    This is the BTN activity about the earthquake in NZ.

    1. How the people’s devastation about the earthquake was they were scared, sad and frightened.

    2. Lots of earthquakes happen near the ring of fire because most of volcanoes are active.

    3. Earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale.

    4. The earthquakes magnitude was 6.3.

    5. This earthquake was more destructive than the other one because it was 5km from the ground.

    6. Seismologists can sometimes predict earthquakes because of the tectonic plates moving.

    7. The builders will have to rebuild the city and the cathedral.

    8. The long and short terms after an earthquake hits is shelter, food and a source of water water.

    9. I understand more about the tectonic plates and more about earthquakes how powerful they are and how the Richter Scale works.

    By Bill

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  13. natdisc13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:36 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith
    1. The devastation caused sadness because homes were destroyed and lots of people died.

    2. Large numbers of earthquakes happen in the ring of fire because there are underwater volcanos that can cause earthquakes.

    3. Earthquakes are measured by using a richter scale.

    4. The magnitude for the recent earthquake was 6.3.

    5. The recent earthquake caused more destruction because it was closer to the ground.

    6. Seismologist can not predict when earthquakes can happen because they can happen any time when you’re not expecting it.

    7. The whole city will need to be rebuilt after the earthquake.

    8. The short and long term needs for survivors after an earthquake are trying to protect as much food and water as they can.

    9. I understand more clearly than earthquakes are really destructive and can kill and injure lots of people.

    By Nathan

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  14. liamatt13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:37 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith,

    1. The earthquake caused lots of building to collapse and left many people homeless.

    2. A large amount of earthquakes happen around the ring of fire because that’s where most active volcanos are.

    3. Earthquakes are measured by magnitude.

    4. The magnitude from the recent earthquake in Christchurch was 6.3.

    5. The recent earthquake was more destructive because it was closer to the surface than the one in September.

    6. There is still no way anyone can predict when an earthquake is going to happen.

    7. The cathedral in Christchurch will need to be rebuilt.

    8. The long term needs for people after an earthquake are a place to stay and food and water. If they have been injured medical care as well.

    9. I now understand more about the ring of fire and that has the most active volcanos.

    By Liam

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  15. maxpark13
    August 8, 2013 at 12:38 am (5 years ago)

    Dear 5S and Mr Smith

    1. The devastation of the earthquake caused destroyed buildings, crashed cars, broken sewer pipes and much more.

    2. The reason most earthquakes happen in the ring of fire is because there are active volcanos inside it which can cause earthquakes.

    3. Earthquakes are measured by the Richter scale.

    4. The recent earthquake in Christchurch was scaled to a 6.3 on the Richter scale.

    5. The recent earthquake was more destructive because the centre of the earthquake was closer to the city then the last one.

    6. Seismologists can’t predict when an earthquake is going to happen because nobody can.

    7. They will need to rebuild the destroyed city such as the church cathedral, people’s homes, destroyed cars and many other things.

    8. The survivors would need food shelter water money to buy things such as drinks food ect.

    9. I now understand that earthquakes no matter how big or small can destroy many things that are valuable to people.

    From Max

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  16. Charlotte
    August 8, 2013 at 12:45 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith ,
    Q1. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
    The devastation that the earthquake caused was terrible because houses, crops ect were destroyed/ damaged.
    Q2. Why do a large number of earthquakes happen in the ring of fire?
    Earthquakes mostly happen in the ring of fire because the ring of fire is where the tectonic plates meet.
    Q3. How are earthquakes measured?
    Earthquakes are measured by the Richter scale.
    Q4. What was the resent magnitude of the earthquake in Christchurch?
    The magnitude of the Christchurch earthquake was 6.3.
    Q5. Why was the recent earthquake more destructive that the September earthquake?
    This earthquake was more destructive because it was closer to the surface.
    Q6. Seismologist can predict when earthquakes will occur. True or false? How/ how not?
    False, how not: Hardly any one can know when an earthquakes are going to occur of if they can they are awesome!
    Q7. What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?
    Damaged pipes, Christchurch cathedral ect will need to be rebuilt.
    Q8. What are the short and long term needs of survivors after an earthquake?
    They will need food, water and a place to live.
    Q9. What do you think more about earthquakes after watching this story?
    I understand that earthquakes can be more damaging than I thought.

    By Charlotte.

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  17. Isabel
    August 8, 2013 at 12:46 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Mr Smith

    Describe the devastation that the earthquake caused?
    It made the Christchurch church split in half. Also lots of people lost their homes. Christchurch was destroyed and will never look the way it used to be.

    Why do a lot of earthquakes occur on the ring of fire?
    If you are in the middle of the ring of fire like Australia you will only get little earthquakes but they say beware because you can still get a bad earthquake. When you are on the edge of the ring of fire if can get really dangerous. Its because New Zealand is sitting on top of the Australian plate.

    How are earth quakes measured?
    They are measured by a Richter Scale.

    What magnitude was the recent earthquake in Christchurch?
    The magnitude of the last earthquake was 6.3

    Why was the recent earthquake more destructive than the September earthquake?
    It was more closer to the ground surface than the other one.

    Seismologists can predict when earthquakes can occur?
    False? I don’t think they can because they get the Richter Scale to do it not themselves usually?

    What will need to be rebuilt after this earthquake?
    Houses, the Christchurch cathedral, shops, buildings and hotels.

    What are the short and long term needs of the survivors after an earthquake?
    They need water, food, phones (to call someone) and some might need medical care.

    What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?
    I think that I am a bit more aware of what can happen to Australia as well. Also think about other states, cities and countries that get struck by earthquakes a lot of the time.

    By Isabel

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