What is earthquake?

  • (noun): A disturbance that is extremely disruptive.
    Example: "Selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"
    See also — Additional definitions below


An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) 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.

Read more about Earthquake.

Some articles on earthquake:

Earthquakes in Culture - Popular Culture
... In modern popular culture, the portrayal of earthquakes is shaped by the memory of great cities laid waste, such as Kobe in 1995 or San Francisco in 1906 ... Fictional earthquakes tend to strike suddenly and without warning ... For this reason, stories about earthquakes generally begin with the disaster and focus on its immediate aftermath, as in Short Walk to Daylight (1972), The Ragged ...
Torre Mayor - Earthquake Resistance
... on the lakebed area where most of the 1985 earthquake damage occurred, It was built with 96 dampers, which work like car shock absorbers to block the ... With this extra-bracing, this tower can withstand earthquake forces nearly four times as efficiently as a conventionally damped building ... The dampening system proved its worth in January 2003, a 7.6 earthquake shook the city ...
Raymundo Punongbayan
... became popular after handling two well-known calamities, the July 16, 1990, Luzon earthquake and the 1991 Pinatubo eruption ... agency in charge of conducting volcanic and earthquake monitoring in order to generate data that could be used to predict volcanic eruptions and earthquake occurrences ...

More definitions of "earthquake":

  • (noun): Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity.
    Synonyms: quake, temblor, seism

Famous quotes containing the word earthquake:

    Through the din and desultoriness of noon, even in the most Oriental city, is seen the fresh and primitive and savage nature, in which Scythians and Ethiopians and Indians dwell. What is echo, what are light and shade, day and night, ocean and stars, earthquake and eclipse, there? The works of man are everywhere swallowed up in the immensity of nature. The AEgean Sea is but Lake Huron still to the Indian.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain.
    Amos Oz (b. 1939)