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Earthquakes

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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I learn : English (Beginner) French (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) German (Beginner)
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Excellent job here! yes This is a very well written text which hardly contains any mistakes. Please see just a few corrections you need to make.

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  1. Communities within the ring of fire are supposed to face earthquakes frequently. Communities within the ring of fire are supposed to experience earthquakes frequently.
  2.  the earthquake of highest magnitude in Costa Rica’s history.  the earthquake of the highest magnitude in Costa Rica’s history.
  3. and millions of damages in buildings, bridges, streets and lifelines and millions of damages to buildings, bridges, streets and livelihoods
  4. Earthquakes have been one of our hardest test. Earthquakes have been one of our hardest tests.
  5. But we have advanced a lot preventing damages. But we have advanced a lot when it comes to preventing these damages.
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Hi!

I am from Guatemala and also grew up with earthquakes. We have had some big activity recently. I am glad I'm in the UK and get to miss severe weather! It's just too cold or too hot or too rainy here.

Great effort! Muy bien hecho! Sigue adelante!

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Even though there have been a lot of different natural disasters in Costa Rica, earthquakes have been the ones that have shaped our lifestyle the most. This is because Costa Rica is part of the Ring of fire in the Pacific, a circular shaped region with an significant amount of volcanoes. Communities within the ring of fire are supposed to  are used to facing  earthquakes frequently.

In Costa Rica, there are written records of the damage caused 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 a region less prone to earthquakes, causing 127 deaths, and causing lots 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 tests by nature, 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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Well done!  A well written and informative piece.  Ed and Karin have already given good advice.  The only two points I would add are:

"Even today, the effects of this earthquake have cost farmers and residents of Sixaola City millions".  I would use the present perfect here as the earthquake was in the past but the effects are still relevant now.  Perhaps I would change "hardest test" to "hardest challenges" or "hardest natural challenges".

Really enjoyed this - keep writing!

 

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Hi! Verb tenses can be complicated and difficult to get right, but you seem to have used them correctly throughout this piece, so great work!

A few things that I would have changed are as per below:

  • 'earthquakes have been the ones that have had the most negative impact on our lives'. I've removed the word 'shaped' from this, as when we talk about shaping something, we're usually talking about something having a great influence on another. However, here, you're talking about earthquakes in a negative context, so it's better to make this clear
  • Make sure you capitalise the 'Ring of Fire' as per
  • Suggestion for improvement: Adjectives are a great way to liven up your writing, so just make sure you keep expanding your vocabulary to really put them to good use. For example, where you describe earthquakes as 'important' or as a 'main event', you could have used 'devastating', 'disastrous', 'catastrophic' or 'tragic'. Also, to describe 'economic losses', you could have used 'detrimental' or 'disadvantageous' instead of 'important'. These English adjectives add more emotion to what you are saying and are more likely to generate a response from the reader.

Overall, it's a fantastic piece with few mistakes within it. Above, I mostly outline suggestions for improvement rather than corrections. 

Thanks, Becky :)

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