What does earthquake mean?

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ˈɜrθˌkweɪkearth·quake

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earthquake, quake, temblor, seismnoun

    shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity

  2. earthquakenoun

    a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

    "selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"

Wiktionary

  1. earthquakenoun

    A shaking of the ground, caused by volcanic activity or movement around geologic faults.

    Etymology: ertheqwake, corresponding to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earthquakenoun

    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. Earthquakeadjective

    like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling

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  1. Earthquake

    An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than approximately 5 are reported for the entire globe. The more numerous earthquakes smaller than magnitude 5 reported by national seismological observatories are measured mostly on the local magnitude scale, also referred to as the Richter scale. These two scales are numerically similar over their range of validity. Magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes are mostly almost imperceptible or weak and magnitude 7 and over potentially cause serious damage over larger areas, depending on their depth. The largest earthquakes in historic times have been of magnitude slightly over 9, although there is no limit to the possible magnitude. The most recent large earthquake of magnitude 9.0 or larger was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it was the largest Japanese earthquake since records began. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale. The shallower an earthquake, the more damage to structures it causes, all else being equal.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of earthquake in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of earthquake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of earthquake in a Sentence

  1. Pat Quinn:

    We were fighting two wars, and there were natural disasters, when the earthquake happened in Haiti it was the same team who helped clear the port.

  2. Julio Yañez:

    That part there was already declared bad ... in the earthquake, and the authorities didn’t pay attention, they are time bombs.

  3. Charitha Pattiaratchi:

    First we need to realize that each tsunami is unique and therefore very difficult to predict particularly where there are not long periods between the earthquake and tsunami.

  4. Deena Bishop:

    Students did a great job with their training and earthquake preparation, students know to drop, get under something and hold on. That is their desks.

  5. Lord Byron:

    [Poetry] is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.

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