liq·​ue·​fac·​tion | \ˌli-kwə-ˈfak-shən \

Definition of liquefaction 

1 : the process of making or becoming liquid

2 : the state of being liquid

3 : conversion of soil into a fluidlike mass during an earthquake or other seismic event

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Wet, sandy soil also separated and came alive through liquefaction in some areas due to the earthquake’s radical vibrations. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov’t mapped risk areas," 9 Oct. 2018 And in some places, liquefaction swept away entire neighborhoods and villages. Ben Otto And I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Will Stop Digging for Quake Victims," 8 Oct. 2018 One of the advances in the most recent report, compared to previous studies, is the ability of researchers to detect which areas are prone to liquefaction, wherein saturated soil behaves more like a liquid than a solid. Kale Williams,, "When the 'Big One' hits, Portland faces mass casualties, widespread destruction: Study," 15 Mar. 2018 The faults cross the Delta where ground shaking during an earthquake poses a risk of liquefaction to the levee system. Gary Robbins,, "San Diego's scientists span the globe to unearth new discoveries, solve deepest mysteries," 15 Apr. 2018 The southern half of the San Fernando Valley is a large liquefaction zone. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Worried about being on top of an earthquake fault? New California maps will let you know on a smartphone," 23 Mar. 2018 Plans call for an 800-mile pipeline to ship gas off the North Slope oil fields, as well as construction of a liquefaction plant on the Kenai Peninsula. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gas line corporation hires contractors with D.C. connections," 1 Apr. 2018 Shell is in talks with investors in natural-gas fields off Israel and Cyprus to supply its Egyptian liquefaction facility, according to people familiar with the matter. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Mediterranean Gas Bounty Suddenly Seems Within Big Oil’s Reach," 13 Mar. 2018 One idea calls for an undersea pipeline delivering North Slope gas a dozen miles to a floating liquefaction plant built on a barge, said David Clarke, a consultant and former longtime BP project manager. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska pipeline backers reject idea of North Slope LNG exports by tanker," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of liquefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for liquefaction

Middle English, from Late Latin liquefaction-, liquefactio, from Latin liquefacere, from liquēre to be fluid + facere to make — more at do

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liq·​ue·​fac·​tion | \ˌlik-wə-ˈfak-shən \

Medical Definition of liquefaction 

1 : the process of making or becoming liquid

2 : the state of being liquid

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