Read the passage and choose the word or phrase that best fits each of the blanks: 

Every year there are over 150,000 earthquakes around the world. Many are very small and people don't notice them. Others, like the ones in Haiti in 2010 or Japan in 2011, cause term damage and can (25)____________whole towns and cities.

Scientists study the Earth and know (26)_____________earthquakes are likely to happen. Some countries  have  a  much (27)___________risk  than  others.  Japan  has  on  average  1,500 earthquakes every year. In Britain there are 140. The earthquakes in Britain are usually very small and don't cause damage to people's houses. In Japan there are much bigger earthquakes, and many modern buildings are specially built (28)__________they don't get damaged.

One biggest problem with earthquakes is that we don't know when they are going to happen. Scientists can't (29)___________us the date or the time. If we could predict earthquakes, we could (30)___________for them and we could save lives by moving people away from the earthquake area.

In the future things may be different, however. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something (31)___________about the behavior of animals. In the winter of 1974 lots of snakes woke up from their winter sleep and came out into the cold. Then there were (32)___________ earthquakes in the north of China. In January the following year, people around the city of Haicheng noticed that lots of farm animals such as cows and horses were nervous and refused to go into buildings at night. In February there was a large earthquake in that area. (Extracted from Solutions 2nd Pre-intermediate Testbook, Oxford University Press)


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