af·​ter·​quake ˈaf-tər-ˌkwāk How to pronounce afterquake (audio)
plural afterquakes
: a minor shock following the main shock of an earthquake : aftershock
Within one year there were more than 10,000 afterquakes, with most of the epicenters in the vicinity of Sun-Moon Lake. Engelbert Altenburger, Focus on Geography, Winter 2004

Word History


after- + (earth)quake

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterquake was in 1906

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“Afterquake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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