Definition of temblor in US English:



  • An earthquake.

    • ‘In spite of the temblor's substantial size, the slippage along the fault stopped propagating well before it reached the earth's surface.’
    • ‘There have been over 500 aftershocks since the temblor, causing interruptions in the rescue effort.’
    • ‘Earthquakes of 9.0 are exceedingly rare and occur only along subduction zones where an intense force builds, perhaps over hundreds of years, until the plate gives way and a violent temblor results.’
    • ‘In the case of earthquakes, the sensors are used to detect the onset of temblors.’
    • ‘The objective was to protect the cathedral, its occupants, and its contents during the major earthquakes and smaller temblors that could be expected over several centuries.’
    • ‘Singapore is generally shielded from earthquakes by Indonesia's Sumatra Island, but it does get mild aftershocks during strong temblors in Indonesia.’
    • ‘Seventy-six houses, several bridges and buildings collapsed totally or partially because of the temblor, which also triggered landslides in affected areas.’
    • ‘Major temblors hit the island in three periods: 1898-1900, 1933-36, and 1966-67.’
    • ‘For example, seismic instruments about 300 kilometers southwest of Mexico City detect the vibrations spreading from large temblors that occur even farther to the southwest.’
    • ‘Even the global sea level is now half a millimeter higher than it was before the temblor.’
    • ‘Even a distant temblor could cause a levee break, inundating heavily populated low-lying residential areas- and more homes are being built in flood-prone areas each year.’
    • ‘Seismic instruments will be installed along both plates in a section of the fault where small temblors of magnitude 2.0 are frequent.’
    • ‘Aftershocks continued for months, and two more major temblors shook the Earth again on January 23 and February 7, 1812, finishing off what the December quake had not destroyed and rattling windows in Montreal, a thousand miles away.’
    • ‘For earthquakes, as weather, the long-range perspective is perhaps more useful from the standpoint of how to withstand the power of large temblors over long stretches of time.’
    • ‘In the 70 years prior to the 1906 earthquake, a temblor of at least magnitude 6 struck the region an average of every four years, she said.’
    • ‘The temblor proved that an earthquake smaller in magnitude can cause greater damage than a more powerful earthquake.’
    • ‘The first temblor on Saturday, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, hit shortly after midnight, followed by a second measuring 6.2 about seven hours later.’
    • ‘During a typical year, 18 major temblors and one great earthquake occur worldwide.’
    • ‘The temblor also damaged hundreds of houses and buildings, including the local legislative council building and several churches and mosques, and five bridges.’
    • ‘The temblor, which injured almost 600 people, hit the northernmost island of Hokkaido hardest, but swayed buildings as far away as Tokyo, about 830 km to the southeast.’


Late 19th century: from American Spanish.