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Definition of Earthquake


  1. 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.
  2. Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling.

Earthquake Quotations

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
Karl Kraus

I was born full grown in the middle of a hurricane and an earthquake on 10 September 1954, 12.52 P.M. When I found out that I had missed lunch, I gave such a shout that the Earth stopped and spun backwards two days. That's why I celebrate my birthday on 8 September.
Jon Scieszka

We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we're small, nature's big, and it's everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen - a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption - we're reminded of that.
James Balog

We know we cannot underestimate the importance of emergency planning in our region, nor can we assume we'll have ample warning time. If an earthquake or terrorist attack hits, we won't necessarily have advance alerts or opportunities to double- and triple-check our plans.
Ellen Tauscher

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
Rebecca Solnit
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Earthquake Translations

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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