Even though there have been a lot of different natural disasters in Costa Rica, earthquakes have been the ones that shaped our lifestyle the most. This is because Costa Rica is part of the Ring of fire of the Pacific, a circular shaped region with an important amount of volcanoes. Communities within the ring of fire are supposed to face earthquakes frequently.
In Costa Rica, there are written record of damages produced by earthquakes from the 1800s. But the earthquake of 1910 in the city of Cartago became a main event in the country’s history. Around 700 people died back then, when the population was just 300 000 people. Authorities were forced to implement a Seismic construction code which banned the Bahareque house system (the most common building system back in that time) in favor of steel reinforced buildings.
Another important event was the Earthquake of Limon in 1991, the earthquake of highest magnitude in Costa Rica’s history occurred in the region less prone to earthquakes, causing 127 deaths, and millions of damages in buildings, bridges, streets and lifelines. Even today, the effects of this earthquake cost millions for farmers and residents of Sixaola city, where the coast rose a few meters over its original elevation causing floods and destroying crops. Flooding maps have been used in the zone in order to prevent more economic losses.
Earthquakes have been one of our hardest test costing several human lives and important economic losses. But we have advanced a lot preventing damages. Nowadays most earthquakes don’t cause significant damages or deaths.
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The learners ability to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. correctly in sentences, using verb tenses accurately, and having the correct agreement between subjects and predicates. For instance, one would say "they were" instead of "they was."
There are 3-4 grammatical errors
There are 0-2 grammatical errors
There are 5 or more grammatical errors
The learner's ability to use certain marks to clarify meaning of their writing by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases.
There are 3-4 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 0-2 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 5 or more errors in capitalization and punctuation.
The learners' ability to form words with the correct letters in the correct order
There are 3-4 spelling errors
There are 0-2 spelling errors
There are 5 or more spelling errors
The learner's ability to tailor the written work to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience
Mostly understandable. However, there are a few errors which cause confusion.
Easy to understand. Writing flows and keeps reader engaged.
Quite hard to understand.