The 2010 HAITI EARTHQUAKE was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M earthquake centred approximately 25 kilometres from Port-au- prince, the capital of Haiti, striking at 16:53:09 local time (21:53:09) on Tuesday, 12th January 2010.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 kilometres. The united states Geological Survey recorded a series of aftershocks, fourteen of them between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9. The International Red Cross estimated that about three million people were affected by the quake and authorities believe that up to 200,000 could be dead.

The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince. Most major landmarks were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential palace (the President survived), the national Assembly, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Most hospitals were destroyed.

Steps to save yourself when an Earthquake hits:

  • Crawl under a sturdy table and cover your face and head with your arms.
  • Stay away from windows and large bureaus or bookcases that could fall.
  • If you become trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a cloth or shirt, and tap against a pipe or other object to make noise. (Don’t yell for help unless you have to; you risk inhaling dangerous quantities of dust.)
  • If you are able, leave the building once the shaking stops—aftershocks can bring down a structure compromised by the initial quake.
  • Finally, if you’re outside during the quake, steer clear of buildings and utility wires.


Would you go to Haiti to help as a member of the Red Cross or as a member of an ONG? Why/Why not?

How can we help people from Haiti from here ?

What should we do to be a survivor in a situation such as the one in Haiti?

Which disasters have happened in your country? When and where?



Smile, this is the beginning of another school year and I have to say I was happy to meet my students at IES Alexandre Deulofeu in Figueres, the ones I know and the new ones. They are really nice people, and believe me or not, they “let me teach”.
So to celebrate this and to start the year with a happy face, I have prepared a song by the Pepper Pots a successful band from Girona.

So this is dedicated to all my colleagues and my students!! Enjoy it!

TIME TO LIVE by Thepepperpots

Wish you a wonderful school year!!!

Bio (Girona, 2004)

The Pepper Pots gives a step forward with its new album: “NOW!”.
A new sound, new look and new horizons show us a band in constant progress. As usual, they attend to every little detail and take care more than ever its “Old School” sound, inspired on the old dusty vinyl from the Motown, Stax or Studio One classic sound.

“NOW!”, contains a collection of good themes full of strength and feeling, it counts with a luxury production from the hand of the New Yorker Binky Griptite (Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse…). Surrounded by the best professionals, the album will be recorded between Musiclan (Catalonia) & Dubway Studios (Manhattan), analogically mixed in Brooklyn and finally masterized at Trutone Mastering Labs in New  York. All of this makes an indispensable album for any black music lover.

With more than 200 concerts, The Pepper Pots has made vibrate public from all over the world: Tokyo, Osaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow, Helsinki, Vienna, Verona, Prague, Bern, Barcelona, Madrid… Playing in relevant festival like South by Southwest (Austin – Texas), 22nd SummerJam Reggae Festival (Cologne – Germany), Rock for People (Hradec KrálovĂ© – Czech Rep.), BAM Festival (Barcelona – Catalonia), Black Music Festival (Girona – Catalonia) among others. Its success has gone beyond frontiers and they have already turned into a European benchmark.

In the band beginnings, after two years exploring their old influences sound, The Pepper Pots recorded their debut album “Swingin’ Sixties” (Brixton Records -2004), later released by the Japanese label Ska in the World.

Their second work left on 2007: “Shake It!” (Brixton Records). The album counts with the featuring of the legendaries The Pioneers, and the versatile German artist Dr. Ring Ding, as well as the French Ska combo ASPO.
The album was soon released in Japan again by Ska in the World, and a year later also in The Unites States by Megalith Records. In both countries they toured after the album launching.

Have you ever heard about  “the Pepper Pots” ? What dou you think about their music? What kind of music do you like? Their next show is in Girona on the 27th in the context of  les fires, would you like to go to the concert? Let’s write your comments.