A shaking, trembling, or concussion of the earth, due to subterranean causes, often accompanied by a rumbling noise. The wave of shock sometimes traverses half a hemisphere, destroying cities and many thousand lives; -- called also earthdin, earthquave, and earthshock.
Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling.
I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn't theirs. Terry Pratchett
I should like to save the Shire, if I could - though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. J. R. R. Tolkien
earthquake in Dutch is aardbeving
earthquake in German is Erdbeben
earthquake in Italian is terremoto
earthquake in Norwegian is jordskjelv, jordskjelv
earthquake in Portuguese is terremoto
earthquake in Spanish is terremoto
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