Earthquake - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɜːrθkweɪk|  American pronunciation of the word earthquake
Brit.  |ˈəːθkweɪk|  British pronunciation of the word earthquake

noun

- shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity (syn: quake, seism, temblor)
- a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees

Examples

...the San Andreas Fault is notorious for its earthquakes...

A severe earthquake struck the area.

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck southern California on June 28.

The city is in an earthquake zone.

selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees

The earthquake leveled the city.

That was the biggest earthquake in recent history .

The ground shook during the earthquake.

The earthquake shook the ground.

An earthquake rocked the town.

Only the buildings that were constructed of more substantial materials survived the earthquake.

an earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale

Small tremors were still being felt several days after the earthquake.

The earthquake may have damaged the building's structural integrity.

They tried to rebuild after the earthquake.

Word forms

noun
singular: earthquake
plural: earthquakes
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