Earthquakes


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Earthquakes

See also geology.

an earthquake occurring at very deep levels of the earth.
the slow upward and downward motion of the earth’s crust. — bradyseismic, adj.
any major disaster, as an earthquake, flood, etc. See also water. — cataclysmal, adj.
a line drawn about an epicenter through all points affected by the same seismic shock. — coseismic, adj.
a point on the earth’s surface directly above the true center of the seismic disturbance from which the shock waves of an earthquake seem to radiate.
a major earthquake. — macroseismic, adj.
a violent earthquake. — megaseismic, adj.
an almost imperceptible earth tremor caused by a violent sea storm or an earthquake and detected only by a microseismometer. — microseismic, adj.
the intensity, frequency, and distribution of earthquakes in a specific area.
an earthquake. — seismic, adj.
the record of an earthquake’s vibrations and intensity made by a seismograph.
any of various devices for measuring and recording the vibrations and intensities of earthquakes. — seismographer, n. — seismographic, seismographical, adj.
1. the scientific measuring and recording of the shock and vibrations of earthquakes.
2. seismology.
the branch of geology that studies earthquakes and their effects. Also seismography. — seismologist, n. — seismologic, seismological, adj.
a special seismograph equipped to measure the actual movement of the ground. — seismometry, n. — seismometric, adj.
an earthquake that occurs in a part of the world far away from a recording station. — teleseismic, adj.
an instrument for detecting or measuring very slight earth tremors.
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And it is much more likely, that the destruction that hath heretofore been there, was not by earthquakes (as the Egyptian priest told Solon concerning the island of Atlantis, that it was swallowed by an earthquake), but rather that it was desolated by a particular deluge.
Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men
The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earthquakes and the sea also where fishes shoal.
It continued raining all that night and great part of the next day, so that I could not stir abroad; but my mind being more composed, I began to think of what I had best do; concluding that if the island was subject to these earthquakes, there would be no living for me in a cave, but I must consider of building a little hut in an open place which I might surround with a wall, as I had done here, and so make myself secure from wild beasts or men; for I concluded, if I stayed where I was, I should certainly one time or other be buried alive.
Riding through the town, we could see marks of the six Smyrnas that have existed here and been burned up by fire or knocked down by earthquakes.
It is known that earthquakes frequently cause masses of earth to fall from sea-cliffs: how terrific, then, would be the effect of a severe shock (and such occur here [13]) on a body like a glacier, already in motion, and traversed by fissures
At last there was a still more violent earthquake, and a huge gap appeared in the side of the Mountains.
Therefore, O children of the earthquake and the storm, let us stand shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, and pocket to pocket
exclaimed Tom, as the rumble of the earthquake died away.
Now there is a certain huge cavern in the depths of the sea midway between Tenedos and rocky Imbrus; here Neptune lord of the earthquake stayed his horses, unyoked them, and set before them their ambrosial forage.
But you come back to earth at meal-time, I am sure, or when an earthquake happens along.
If you had any sense at all you'd known it was the earthquake.