Earthquakes may take place anywhere on the earth's surface. During the earthquake, the vibrations make the earth's surface tremble, and even crack open. Houses fall, people are killed or injured and sometimes whole cities are destroyed.
Can we do something to protect ourselves against earthquakes? Can we take precautionary measures? Of course we can. Scientists have made investigation on earthquakes. They have made maps showing the "earthquake belts". In areas along these belts, earthquakes are likely to occur. In these areas we can build special houses to resist earthquake shocks and protect ourselves.
In the future, scientists will be able to predict exactly when and where earthquakes will take place. Then they will be able to tell people to take precautionary measures. Thus lives can he saved and damage can be lessened.
我们能够采取措施保护自己免遭地震伤害吗? 能采取预防措施吗? 当然能。科学家们对地球进行了调查研究。他们绘制地图标出了“地震带”。沿着这些地震带可能有地震发生。在这些地震区，我们可以修建特殊房屋来抗震和保护自己。