tem·​blor | \ˈtem-blər; 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

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This was the heaviest shake since the heavy temblor of yesterday morning. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 30, 1925: Quake rocks Santa Barbara," 30 June 2018 The agency says the island doesn't face a tsunami threat after the temblor struck around 12:44 p.m. Friday. CBS News, "Hawaii Kilauea volcano: 4.4-magnitude earthquake strikes," 25 May 2018 Tuesday's temblor struck at 4:49 a.m. about seven miles north of Cabazon and 85 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Courtney Lewis, latimes.com, "Magnitude 4.5 earthquake is latest warning of San Andreas' power," 8 May 2018 The temblor in the Cabazon area was felt as far west as the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, as far south as Tijuana, and near Barstow to the north. CBS News, "Earthquake jolts wide swath of Southern California," 8 May 2018 Roughly an hour before the Ocotillo Wells temblor, a 4.5 magnitude quake hit in the Pacific Ocean, 56 miles west of the Northern California town of Ferndale. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "4 earthquakes strike California," 8 May 2018 Cities across California have struggled to protect buildings against the threat of big quakes — in part because there has not been a catastrophic temblor in the state’s most populated areas in more than 20 years, since the 1994 Northridge quake. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Bay Area falling behind on quake safety despite booming tech economy," 22 Apr. 2018 The temblor occurred at 8:56 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 14.9 miles. Quakebot, latimes.com, "Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes off Jalisco coast of Mexico," 30 June 2018 And nearly three decades after the temblor, this civic bet is beginning to take shape. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "From earthquake's destruction, a new San Francisco rises three decades later," 13 June 2018

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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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