Natural Disasters (Vocabulary Quiz)


Choose the correct word from the list below to complete the sentences:

blizzard, drought, hurricanes, tsunami,


earthquakes, volcanic eruption, forest fire,


desertification, avalanche, flood



  1. During the in Montroc, France, in 1999, twelve people were buried under 100,000 tons of snow five meters in depth.

  3. Last year a severe ruined the crops, the soil was dry as a bone.

  5. In 2008 the was the worst natural disaster to ever strike Thailand, the giant wave caused lots of deaths and major damage to the economy of the country.

  7. The most common type of occurs when magma is released from beneath the earth, which is usually accompanied by ash and gases.

  9. In January conditions made roads in Germany almost impassible, the snowstorm had been raging for more than a week.

  11. 2011 Irene was by far one of the most destructive and deadly ever to hit the USA with windspeed reaching up to 120 miles per hour.

  13. The was raging for two weeks in Russia, the large tract of relict trees was completely burnt away.

  15. takes place in drylands where the earth is fragile and vulnerable to erosion and soil degradation.

  17. Annual damage can be eliminated by moving houses further from the river.

  19. The series of devastating with a magnitude of 7.0 or above on the Richter scale caused significant damage to Japan in 2011.


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