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 The large temblor was felt across Southern California. Chloe Atkins, NBC News, "Los Angeles area rattled by trio of earthquakes," 5 Apr. 2021 To make the funds available, SB440 would change how the earthquake authority ensures its own ability to finance claims in the event of a major temblor. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "A new California bill could help defend homes against wildfires and earthquakes," 22 Mar. 2021 The strong temblor caused a temporary blackout in some areas and suspended bullet train services in the area, according to the East Japan Railway Co. BostonGlobe.com, "Strong quake shakes Japan; minor injuries, no major damage," 20 Mar. 2021 The strong temblor caused a temporary blackout in some areas and suspended bullet train services in the area, according to the East Japan Railway Co. NBC News, "Tsunami advisory issued after earthquake strikes off Japan's coast," 20 Mar. 2021 The temblor also caused the spectacular collapse of the Olive View Community Hospital in Sylmar. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Danger posed by earthquake fault will lead to tighter San Diego building restrictions," 26 Feb. 2021 After the March 18 quake, structural engineers, planners and geologists formed a group called Utah Citizens for Seismic Safety to promote consistent messaging on what Utahns should do to brace for a major temblor. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A year after Magna earthquake, here’s what Utahns are doing — or should be — to prepare for the big one," 14 Mar. 2021 Earthquake survivors often say that a temblor seems to last an eternity, when its actual duration is a matter of seconds. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, "How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It," 23 Feb. 2021 The 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake is one of only three recorded as more powerful than the 2011 temblor. Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 years after tsunami: A Japanese town rebuilds its homes and heart," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Temblor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temblor. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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