earthquake earthquake  /ˈɜrθ ˌkweɪk/


  1. (n) shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
  2. (n) a disturbance that is extremely disruptive



  1. Even for those born long after San Francisco's great 1906 earthquake and fire, it had become a habit to recall the warm, breezy conditions during that cataclysm.
  2. An estimated 70% of the town's 20,000 population lies entombed, victims of the devastating earthquake that hit two weeks ago.
  3. A powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Monday morning, causing the collapse of many buildings, leaving thousands homeless and many dead.


  1. Moderate earthquake strikes central Chile

    A moderate earthquake has shaken buildings in Chile's capital. The country's emergency office said no damage was immediately reported from the quake that struck in central Chile.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Las Vegas Sun

  2. Earthquake, magnitude 3.1, jolts Inland Empire

    A small earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.1 jolted the Inland Empire area on Wednesday afternoon.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: KABC-TV Los Angeles

  3. Peru earthquake: Small offshore earthquake rumbles Lima

    A small earthquake hit Peru at 1:40 p.m. local time Tuesday, just off the coast near Lima, Peru's capital city. No injuries or damage have been reported. 
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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  1. "Unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days," he says. "The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post (blog)

  2. "I extend my condolences to those injured and to the families of the victims of today's earthquake in China's Sichuan province," US President George W. Bush said in a statement. "I am particularly saddened by the number of students and...
    on May 13, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Reuters India

  3. "Haiti faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced," Jean said in a statement. "I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this...
    on Jan 14, 2010 By: Wyclef Jean Source: FOXNews

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