Tanker explosion kills scores in Sierra Leone

Q: An oil tanker exploded last week in Sierra Leone killing at least 98 people and severely injuring more than 100 others after large crowds gathered to collect fuel leaking after a traffic accident. Where is the small nation of Sierra Leone on the southwest coast of West Africa?

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Q: “Bike riders, taxi drivers and people around the neighborhood rushed to the scene to collect the leaking fuel, and in the process, the tanker exploded,” said the nation’s vice-president. The explosion occurred in a suburb of Sierra Leone’s capital ...

A. Bissau

B. Conakry

C. Freetown

D. Monrovia

Q: Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than half of its nearly 7 million people living in poverty. Most of the country’s workers are employed in what occupation?

A. Cocoa farming

B. Diamond mining

C. Lumber harvesting

D. Subsistence farming

Q: Deadly explosions involving poor Africans trying to collect fuel from tankers or fuel pipelines have claimed thousands of lives. Some of the worst explosions occurred in the continent’s most populous country. Which is the most populous nation in Africa?

A. Egypt

B. Nigeria

C. South Africa

D. Tanzania

Q: Burundi in Africa is the world’s poorest nation, while Europe’s Liechtenstein is the richest, according to the CIA World Factbook. How much higher is the gross domestic product (GDP) per person in Liechtenstein than Burundi?

A. Nearly 200 times higher

B. About 100 times higher

C. Less than 50 times higher

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