foreshock

noun
fore·​shock | \ˈfȯr-ˌshäk \

Definition of foreshock 

: any of the usually minor tremors commonly preceding the principal shock of an earthquake

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The March 11 earthquake was preceded by a series of large foreshocks over the previous two days. Fox News, "Earthquake Science: The Japanese Quake Explained," 11 Mar. 2011 They are usually preceded by something called an 'aura', a sort of minor foreshock lasting anything up to a couple of minutes before the main event begins. Pat Long, CNN, "Déjà vécu: When déjà vu becomes your reality," 1 June 2017 The quake brought down several buildings but no deaths were reported; many had evacuated (25,000 are now reportedly displaced) after the area experienced a foreshock of a lower magnitude. Gregorio Borgia, National Geographic, "Latest Earthquake in Italy May Have Dire Consequences," 30 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of foreshock

1902, in the meaning defined above

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