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Definition of Earthquake

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

The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive.
Bill Gates

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglass

There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
Lord Byron

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
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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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