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Natural Disasters

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Discuss or debate the questions below. Remember to support your answers!

  • Are you afraid of natural disasters? How about man-made disasters, like an airplane crash? Which is scarier?
  • Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? If yes, what happened?
  • Are you prepared for a natural disaster? If yes, how? If no, why aren't you prepared?
  • Have you ever seen a movie about a natural disaster? If yes, briefly explain the movie.
  • Does your country experience natural disasters? If yes, what kind and how often?

  • How many types of natural disasters can you think of? Rank them from the most frightening to the least frightening. You have three minutes.
  • Some people chase tornadoes. They drive as close as possible to experience the amazing power of nature. What adjectives would you use to describe these people? Why did you choose these adjectives?
  • Why do you think there have been so many natural disasters in recent years?
  • What can people do to prepare for an earthquake? How about a tornado? A flood?
  • If you were in a disaster and survived, what would you do immediately afterwards?
  • Why do you think that people continue to live in areas where natural disasters repeatedly happen? Why do people rebuild and live in the same place?
  • Some people believe that "Mother Earth" creates natural disasters in order to keep the population in check. She tries to balance the population. What do you think?
  • If God exists, why do you think He allows natural disasters to happen? Please explain.

  • Do you think scientists will ever be able to predict when natural disasters happen? Why/not?
  • Do you think scientists will ever be able to prevent natural disasters? Why/not?
  • Do you think that global warming is behind the recent increase of large natural disasters? Why/not?

  • Tell your partner about a catastrophic disaster that has happened in your country.
  • Which would be a more exciting movie, a movie about a volcanic eruption or a movie about a flood? Why do you think so?
  • Imagine that the world is a living creature, and humans are a virus that makes the world sick. Natural disasters are the symptoms. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?
  • What's wrong with this statement? Natural disasters are exciting! Please explain.

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