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Taiwan Earthquake 27 March 2013

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A strong earthquake struck central Taiwan on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring 19 as it damaged buildings on the quake-prone island.The magnitude-6.1 earthquake was felt throughout the island. Buildings swayed in the capital Taipei, and sections of the high-speed rail were suspended from service to be inspected for damage. The quake’s depth was a relatively shallow 15 kilometers (9 miles).
A72-year-old woman became the first known fatality from the quake when a temple wall she was standing next to collapsed and crushed her in the mostly rural county of Nantou.Near the Nantou epicenter, a section of a ceiling fell from a government office and injured one worker, officials said. All-together, at least 19 people were injured, mostly by falling objects, the Fire Department said. A house fire caused by leaking gas was quickly put out, it added. Nantou is a rural county about 250 kilometers (about 155 miles) south of Taipei. It is near the epicenter of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that killed more than 2,300 people in 1999. Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

What were the impacts of the earthquake as mentioned in the article?
Why do you think there are more casualties in the 1999 earthquake compared to this one in 2013?
The article mentioned that earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan - why do you think is the cause of earthquakes in Taiwan?

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Look at the location of Taiwan in the map extract- why do you think the island frequently experience earthquakes?

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Water management in Singapore

Points to ponder:
1. Why is the water consumption so high in Singapore?
2. What other ways can we better manage water in Singapore?

1. How many reservoirs are there in Singapore? Can you name 3?
2. Why is there a limit on increasing reservoirs to meet the need of water for Singapore?

Watch the video on World Water day - how everyone can play a part in water conservation.

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New high speed rail link to KL

How would Singapore tourism be affected by the proposed high-speed rail link?

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  1. What is the distance between KL and Singapore? 
  2. Which countries surround Singapore as shown by the map?

Are the impacts of the rail link to KL is beyond economics?
1. In what other ways will the high speed rail link affect Singapore and Malaysia?
2. How will this impact the Aisan region?

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