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Reading - Earthquakes

Earthquake Worksheet - Natural Disasters Lesson - My Schoolhouse - Online Learning


  Maggie had never experienced an earthquake before, only prepared for it.  As long as she could remember, preparing for an earthquake was routine at school.  Her family as well had made plans in the event of a natural disaster.   Living on the west coast of the United States was earthquake country.   However, it was not the same.  Today Maggie was home alone.  Her mind focused on her parents and what could be happening to them.  Maggie knew her mom would be driving home on the busy, congested freeway.  Her mind was preoccupied with preparing supper for Maggie's dad.  Maggie's dad was due to arrive at the airport.  He was coming home from a two week business trip.

  Maggie arrived home from school at the regular time.  She was grabbing a snack from the almost bare pantry, when she felt it.  First just a tremor, then the violent shaking.  Maggie quickly scurried under the large, oak table in the dining room.   The sounds of breaking glass and the crashing of numerous items was deafening.  The table remained intact, and Maggie hugged herself in fear.  Her mind focusing on her parents and what apparent danger they might be in.

  After what seemed like an eternity the earthquake appeared to be over.  Maggie could hear the sound of water rushing below her in the basement.  The smell of natural gas was present in the air.  Maggie knew where the main water valve was located.   Dad had shown her where it was and how to turn it off.   Slowly and cautiously she came out from under the table.  The once tidy ranch home was now almost unrecognizable.  Walls had toppled over and electric sparks were shooting from the outlets.  As Maggie approached the open basement door she could see the steps were still intact.  Carefully holding the handrail she made her way down into the dark basement.  While still on the steps she felt the water rising and rising.  Placing her feet firmly on the floor Maggie felt a sudden surge of pain as a large ceiling beam hit her head and shoulder.   She fell unconscious onto a pile of storage boxes.....


Answer the questions below


The earthquake began with a small .


Maggie had grown up and lived on the coast.


Her mom was traveling home from work on the .


The heavy, oak table was not damaged and remained .


Maggie detected an odor in the house and knew it was gas.


Her dad was arriving home from a trip.


Maggie had just arrived home from .

Maggie had prepared for an earthquake, but never an earthquake.
Maggie knew the water had to be turned off at the main water located in the basement.
Maggie held the as she found her way down into the basement.
She was knocked by a large ceiling beam.
Maggie knew her mom's mind would be on preparing .
Maggie and her family lived in what type of a home? Ranch or Condominium















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