Earthquake rocks Nepal

Watch the video on the aftermath of the Earthquakes in Nepal and note down the impacts of the earthquakes. 

Read more about it @

A powerful earthquake rocked central Nepal, causing extensive damage to buildings and dozens of injuries and deaths on 25 April 2015. 

The quake measured 7.9 and struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Tremors were felt across the region, as far afield as Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighbouring India.

Read the article on Channel News Asia on the impacts and some of the short-term response which are critical in reducing the number of casualties. Search for victims, setting up shelters, medical and food.

A 6.8-magnitude quake hit eastern Nepal in August 1988 killing 721 people, and a magnitude 8.1 quake killed 10,700 people in Nepal and India in 1934.
Why is the area prone to earthquake? Are there ways to mitigate the impacts of earthquakes?

The death toll exceeded 4000 on 28 April 2015. More on the short-term response @

Rescue operation, shelter, food and medical aid are critical immediately after a natural disaster. 

Why is this so?
What can be done?
Who can help?
Where would the help be needed?
When must this help be rendered?
How is the rescue work carried out?

What are the measures to reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters in the long-term other than the immediate help given?

International efforts:

As @ 30 April, death toll exceeded 5000 - the survivor rioted against the unavailability of relief from the government. Read the following article and explain why short-term response is critical.

Read this article on 5 May 2015 on more short-term responses - rescue team, medical and food aid, immunization etc.

FAO helping farmers recover their life

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Chile volcano eruption

Look at the video clip below and look at the extent of the eruption.

  • What is the type of volcano shown?
  • Where is the volcano located?
  • When did it last erupt before the eruption on 22 April 2015?
  • Who are the people affected?
  • Why do volcanoes erupt?
  • How do the people respond to the eruption?
Read more about the eruption on the BBC website which also shows a map of the location -

Read about the eruption on Channel News Asia which mentioned that the volcano is located on the Pacific rim of fire - found out more @

The negative economic impact of the eruption:

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Extreme weather creating havoc in New South Wales

Refer to the link below for pictures showing how NSW is affected by the extreme weather.
You have learned about global warming and the impacts of global warming. Is this a results of global warming?

As you watch the video clip below on the NSW storms, think about the following:
Where are the areas affected?
When did this happen?
Who are affected?
What are the impacts of the storms?
Why is New South Wales experiencing more and stronger storms now?
How can we help to mitigate climate change?

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Efforts by STB to attracts more tourists

A look at past STB campaigns since STB launched its first branding campaign  in 1984:

In 2014, there are 15.1 million tourists who visited Singapore - a dip of 3 per cent from 2013.  The Singapore Tourism Board  announced on 7 Apr 2015 a new $20 million campaign to pull visitors into Singapore.  Find out what is included in the campaign to attract more tourists.

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