af·​ter·​quake | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌkwāk How to pronounce afterquake (audio) \
plural afterquakes

Definition of afterquake

: 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

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First Known Use of afterquake

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterquake

after- + (earth)quake

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“Afterquake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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