temblor

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

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Synonyms for temblor

Synonyms

earthquake, quake, shake, tremor

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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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The last big earthquake in the Channel Islands region before Thursday's temblor was in 1981, which was a magnitude 6.0, Hauksson said. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Earthquake that rattled L.A. was most powerful in years," 5 Apr. 2018 InSight’s, by contrast, will detect Martian quakes or temblors that jostle the spacecraft by the width of a single atom. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "NASA's InSight Lander Is About to Give Mars its First Health Checkup in 4.5 Billion Years," 4 May 2018 The temblor Thursday is the latest and largest in a series of hundreds of small earthquakes to shake the island’s active volcano since the Puu Oo vent crater floor collapsed and caused magma to rush into new underground chambers on Monday. Washington Post, "5.0-magnitude earthquake rattles Hawaii’s Big Island," 5 May 2018 The temblor reminded many of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 people in the region. Fox News, "Japan earthquake kills 3 including 9-year-old girl; scores injured," 19 June 2018 An astonished Jesse Cook, who later would be a police commissioner, watched the temblor shiver up Washington Street. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1906 San Francisco earthquake: Old photos offer new glimpses of devastation," 18 Apr. 2018 The temblor damaged several support columns and cracked joints and floor beams. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. Rosidin Sembahulun, Fox News, "Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia's Lombok island," 19 Aug. 2018 In 1964, a giant 9.2 temblor, the most powerful recorded in North American history, devastated Anchorage and surrounding cities, causing about 139 deaths. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Anchorage," 30 Nov. 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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