Vocabulary on devastated places
● Struck: (Past simple & past participle
of strike) —> To cause a person or
place to suffer severely from the
effects of something very unpleasant
that happens suddenly.
● Wrecking: to destroy or badly damage
● Aftershocks: a smaller earthquake
following the main shock of a large
● Magnitude: The magnitude of an
earthquake is a measure of how strong or violent it is.
● Tremor: A slight earthquake (= sudden, violent movement of the earth’s surface)
● Wounded: injured, especially with a
cut or hole in the skin
● Devastation: damage and destruction
● Humanitarian assistance:
● “Everybody is (...) freaked out and shaken”
● Chaos: a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
● Rebuilding aftermath
● remade the landscape
● flooded tunnels
● Trees smashed: violently break
(something) into pieces.
● storm slogged: hit (someone or
something) forcefully and typically
● rain and high winds
● disaster declarations
● the scope of the damage: scope =
● wilderness of fallen trees and power
lines: wilderness= uninhabited
● tragedy and survival
● water rushed in
● buildings that crumbled: break or fall
apart into small fragments, especially
as part of a process of deterioration.
● rain and relentless wind: relentless =
● storm knocked out the electricity.
● River was flooded in the storm
● Railroad had not restored power
● Extensive damage
● Unstoppable walls
● permanent changes to the geography
of the región
● Waves of 98 feet
● swallowing up villages
● widespread destruction.
● prompting a swifter evacuation
● rumble off
● swept away
● slammed into
● sucked out to sea
● natural disasters
● Volcanic eruption