Definition of aftershock in US English:



  • A smaller earthquake following the main shock of a large earthquake.

    • ‘The earthquake and its aftershocks dislodged many rocks and mines, sending them tumbling onto roads once considered safe.’
    • ‘From time to time aftershocks of the earthquake shook the ground, and could even be felt on board ship, seeming to those on board that depth charges were being exploded in the sea.’
    • ‘Some families fled their homes fearing aftershocks, and roads and phone lines were cut off.’
    • ‘He was referring to the aftershocks that invariably follow a large temblor, or main shock.’
    • ‘Eventually these gaps are filled by large earthquakes and their aftershocks.’
    • ‘The quake occurred more than 10 kilometres deep and was followed by powerful aftershocks.’
    • ‘Experts say more aftershocks are possible, but they are unlikely to be strong enough to cause more serious damage.’
    • ‘The earthquake was followed by alarming aftershocks up to seven hours later and officials warned of more to come.’
    • ‘The quake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, was followed by an aftershock measuring 5.5.’
    • ‘These maps graphically illustrate the change in earthquake probability during aftershock and possible foreshock sequences.’
    • ‘There is shock and bewilderment in surrounding mountain villages too, where the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have caused landslides.’
    • ‘There may have been about 150 aftershocks since the weekend earthquake in South Asia.’
    • ‘Was there a new earthquake or an aftershock, which possibly could be triggering more tsunami waves?’
    • ‘He was almost knocked over by the aftershock that followed, but he kept his ground as dust blasted by at hurricane speeds.’
    • ‘Six additional aftershocks were recorded throughout the next day.’
    • ‘Friday's earthquake and the aftershocks have injured 559 people.’
    • ‘Seismologists said aftershocks powerful enough to cause heavy damage in the northern region were now highly possible.’
    • ‘It was followed by four aftershocks, one of which almost matched the intensity of the first quake, registering 5.2 on the Richter scale.’
    • ‘They, too, were followed by waves of aftershocks which hampered rescue work in an area littered with landmines laid during years of war.’
    • ‘Yesterday, we had a tremor that they said was an aftershock from a big earthquake that devastated Turkey.’
    repercussion, aftermath, consequence, spin-off, sequel, follow-up, trail, wake, offshoot
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