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Principal and Principle (Spelling Mnemonic and Comprehension)

It is helpful to remember these mnemonic phrases.

Your princiPAL is your PAL.

A ruLE can be called a principLE (both end in -le).



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American Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami (September 2009)

Basic Facts:
  • American Samoa is a tiny U.S. territory that lies about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck 120 miles (190 km) off of the coast of American Samoa on September 29, 2009.
  • The quake is reported to have occurred 11.2 miles (18.0 km) below the ocean floor.
  • As a result of the earthquake a tsunami had been generated.
  • The tsunami has caused waves of 5.1 feet (1.57 metres) above normal sea level off American Samoa, according to reports from the Pacific Western Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
  • There have been many casualties - at least 77 people were reported dead in Samoa, more than 25 in American Samoa and at least six in Tonga.

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American Samoa (Geography, South Pacific Ocean)



American Samoa Basic Facts:
  • American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the USA located in the South Pacific Ocean, part of the Samoan Islands chain.
  • It is found southeast of the sovereign state of Samoa.
  • Was formerly known as Western Samoa.
  • The main island is Tutuila.
  • Other islands included in the territory are Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island.
  • Total population at 2000 census was 57,291, with around 65,000 currently.
  • Land area is 200.22 km2 (77 sq mi).
  • Economy relies on fishing - with 2 tuna canneries on the territory.

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Great Plague (London, 1665) Geographical Distribution Map


The Great Plague, London (1665)
Geographical Distribution Map

Geographical distribution of the Great Plague, 1665, caused by bubonic plague bacterium Yersinia pestis.
From: The great plague in London in 1665 By: Walter George Bell
Published: John Lane, London, 1924 - Facing page 158

Full Bibliographic Record Link to Wellcome Library Catalogue
Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK: England & Wales.

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Bills of Mortality - Plague, Disease and Casualties (1665)


Mortality rates and the causes of death in London during the week of the 25th of April to the 2nd of May, 1665.

Bubonic plague caused by Yersinia pestis was a major cause of death in 1665.

From: London's dreadful visitation, or a collection of all the Bills of Mortality.

Published: London 1665

Collection: Rare Books

Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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Flea (Colour-Enhanced Electron Micrograph)


Flea - Colour-Enhanced Electron Micrograph:


Image Credit
Rob Young, Wellcome Images
Collection: Wellcome Images
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The (Bubonic) Plague of Florence (1348) Etching, Wellcome Library, London


The (bubonic) plague of Florence in 1348, as described in Boccaccio's Decameron. Etching by L. Sabatelli after himself.

Engraving By: Giovanni Boccaccio after: Luigi Sabatelli and Pier Roberto Capponi
Published: Giuseppe VolpiniS.l. :
Size: platemark 65.7 x 86.5 cm.
Collection: Iconographic Collections
Library reference no.: ICV No 10909

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