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earthquake in Geology topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishearthquakeearth‧quake /ˈɜːθkweɪk $ ˈɜːrθ-/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 HEGa sudden shaking of the Earth’s surface that often causes a lot of damageseismic 🔊 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck southern California on June 28. 🔊 The city is in an earthquake zone.COLLOCATIONSadjectivesbig/large This is the biggest earthquake ever recorded in this area.small The town experiences dozens of small earthquakes every year.powerful (=with a lot of force)Flights were cancelled after a powerful earthquake shook the northwest of the country.a major earthquake (=very big)If a major earthquake hits a large city, millions could die.a minor earthquake (=a small one)Minor earthquakes are relatively common.a great/massive earthquake (=extremely big)1906 is remembered for the great earthquake that destroyed San Francisco.a severe/devastating earthquake (=causing a lot of damage)The whole town was flattened by a devastating earthquake.verbsan earthquake happens (also an earthquake occurs formal)Scientists cannot predict when an earthquake will occur.an earthquake hits/strikes a place (=happens in a particular place)The region was struck by a major earthquake last year.an earthquake destroys/damages somethingThe earthquake completely destroyed all the buildings on the island.an earthquake measures 5/6.4 etc on the Richter ScaleThe earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale, left more than 20,000 homeless.phrasesthe magnitude of an earthquake (=how powerful it is)Measuring stations identify the location and magnitude of an earthquake within a few minutes of the event.THESAURUSearthquake a sudden shaking of the Earth’s surfaceThe earthquake destroyed homes, telephone lines and roads.quake informal an earthquake – used especially in journalismMore than 2000 people died when a quake hit the island of Flores. tremor a small movement in the Earth’s surface in which the ground shakes slightlyHe was awoken by a series of tremors during the night.aftershock further movements in the Earth’s surface that happen after a larger earthquakeIn the days after the earthquake, the area suffered a series of aftershocks.tsunami an ocean wave caused by an earthquake under the waterThere was no warning of the approaching tsunami.
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earthquakeThe 1989 earthquake rendered them dangerous, and the structure came down in 1991.Kobe was devastated by the 1995 earthquake.This catastrophe - probably caused by an earthquake and explosion of gases - may be the reason.A car crash, an earthquake, a burning factory are much better.I mean, it was more than an earthquake.They had survived what was, at least, a Pretty Big Onethe largest earthquake to strike northern California in eighty-three years.There was a terrifying rumbling noise and the stairs shook as though a minor earthquake had passed beneath the house.The earthquake of October 1989 reminded San Franciscans of the awesome power of the thing.