There were many strange things___1__ in the countryside of northeast Hebei:
; The water in the wells rose and fell. The well walls had deep cracks, out of __2 _ a smelly gas came. Before ; The chickens and pigs were so __ 3__ that they didn’t eat. Mice ran out of the fields the and fish jumped out of their bowls and ponds. earthquakes ; People saw bright lights in the sky and could hear the sound of planes and water pipes
in some buildings cracked and burst. But people didn’t think _4_ of these events.
; At 3:42 am, everything began to shake. One third of the nation felt it.
; Tangshan was in _5_ in 15 seconds. Two-thirds of the people died or were killed.
During ; Later that afternoon, the unlucky city was _6_ by another big quake. Many people, the _7_ some rescue workers and doctors, were buried under the ruins. Water, food and earthquakes electricity were hard to get.
People couldn’t help _8_ how long the disaster would last.
; All hope was not lost.
After the ; 150,000 soldiers were sent to Tangshan. They organized teams to dig out the _9_ and earthquakes to bury the dead.
; Most of the miners were saved from the coal mines.
; Shelters were built for those who _10_ earthquakes but became homeless.
; Fresh water was taken to the city by train, truck and plane.
Slowly, the city began to breathe.