tem·​blor | \ ˈtem-blər How to pronounce temblor (audio) ; ˈtem-ˌblȯr, tem-ˈblȯr \

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Examples of temblor in a Sentence

a temblor knocked down many of the buildings in the village
Recent Examples on the Web Last October, for example, saw five such temblors, with the largest a magnitude-4.6. oregonlive, "Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits off Oregon coast Saturday morning," 8 Feb. 2020 Since late December, some 500 temblors, including many that were not felt, have struck off the coast of southern Puerto Rico. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Puerto Rico rocked by another earthquake," 11 Jan. 2020 Earthquakes can disrupt sperm whales’ ability to hunt for up to a year, according to the first-ever study to look at the effects of the temblors on marine mammals. National Geographic, "Earthquakes can make it harder for whales to find food, first-ever study says," 31 Jan. 2020 Barreto, who is Puerto Rican, was in San Juan for a conference earlier this month during some of the temblors. José A. Alvarado Jr. For Cnn, CNN, "For Puerto Rico's earthquake families, trauma continues thousands of miles from home," 29 Jan. 2020 For example, after the twin quakes in Landers and Big Bear in 1992, state officials announced there was a 50% chance of another big temblor in the coming days. Los Angeles Times, "San Andreas fault is a 730-mile monster. Ridgecrest earthquake was tiny taste of possible destruction," 25 July 2019 The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit on Thursday. John Antczak, Time, "California Governor: Earthquakes Are a 'Wake-Up Call'," 7 July 2019 The temblor struck about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes between Jamaica and Cuba," 28 Jan. 2020 In nearby Bosnia, another temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck southeast of the capital Sarajevo, causing only minor damage. Time, "At Least 21 Killed in Deadly Albanian Earthquake: Officials," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of temblor

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temblor

Spanish, literally, trembling, from temblar to tremble, from Medieval Latin tremulare — more at tremble

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The first known use of temblor was in 1876

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25 Mar 2020

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“Temblor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temblor. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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