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Natural Hazards (Grade 4)

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Natural Hazards

All natural hazards result in natural disasters.
  1. True
  2. False
Chemicals harmful to people and animals are released into the air. This is an example of a natural hazard.
Earth Day - Factory
  1. True
  2. False
A town plans to build a new school. The town is twenty miles from a volcano. The volcano has not erupted for a long time, but scientists say it may erupt in the future.
Volcano - Stratovolcano - Small
Which of the following is the best way to lower the risk to the students in the school if the volcano erupts?
  1. Have an evacuation plan in place.
  2. Listen for storm watches and warnings.
  3. Build the school mostly from wooden materials.
  4. Teach students to move into hallways and away from windows.
Which is an example of a natural disaster?
  1. a small earthquake strikes an area without any cities or towns
  2. a blizzard hits a city and roofs collapses under the weight of the snow
During a fireworks show, a firework lands in a field and starts a fire. This is an example of a natural hazard.
American - Fireworks
  1. True
  2. False
Which natural hazard is caused by weather?
  1. flooding
  2. tsunami
  3. earthquake
  4. volcanic eruption
The map shows the major tectonic plates of the world. Volcanoes are more likely to form along the edges of the plates then in the middle of the plates.
Tectonic Plates With Labels
The United States is located on the North American plate. Where in the United States are volcanoes more likely to be a natural hazard?
  1. east coast
  2. west coast
Strong winds can result in natural hazards. Which two natural hazards listed result from strong winds?
  1. tornadoes and tsunamis
  2. hurricanes and tornadoes
  3. tsunamis and earthquakes
  4. earthquakes and hurricanes
Kansas (KS) is in the Midwestern United States. Which natural hazard is more likely to impact Kansas?
Map of the USA - State Abbreviation Labels
  1. tornadoes
  2. hurricanes
An area has had very little rainfall for several months. Which is a natural hazard that may result from the lack of rain?
  1. wildfire
  2. flooding
  3. hurricane
  4. earthquake

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