An earthquake and a hurricane

On September 7, a powerful earthquake struck the southwestern coast of Mexico near the Guatemala border. It had a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale, making it the strongest earthquake to strike Mexico in over a hundred years. Buildings shook, homes collapsed, and power lines were damaged. About a hundred people have died.

Here is a list by the United States Geological Survey of the world’s twenty largest earthquakes ever recorded.

A big, monstrous storm struck the islands in the Caribbean and the United States earlier this month. Hurricane Irma, at its strongest, had winds of 185 miles per hour (300 km per hour) and was labeled as a Category 5 storm. It was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic. It tore through Barbados, Cuba, the Virgin Islands (part of the US), the British Virgin Islands (part of the UK), Puerto Rico (part of the US), Saint Martin (part of France), Sint Maarten (part of the Netherlands), Florida (part of the US), and more. Buildings, homes, roads, and power lines were destroyed. The storm caused floods and much damage along its path.

Here are two videos, one about Irma and the second about hurricanes.

Did you know?

The island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea is split into Sint Maarten (which is part of the Netherlands) and Saint Martin (which is part of France).

Image Credits: https://earthquake.usgs.gov for the image of the earthquake
Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com