Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARTHQUAKES

It is so with earthquakes, cases of hydrophobia, whales stranded on the shore.

Guns, thunder, earthquakes would not have awakened the men just then.

He waited for thunder, earthquakes, natural cataclysms; but nothing happened.

We have felt three slight shocks of earthquakes here this summer.

He sat, vaguely hoping there might be tidal waves, earthquakes, cataclysms.

Manila is also in constant danger of destruction from earthquakes.

The lavatory door had jammed, as doors will jam in earthquakes.

All through them, and for many weeks and months, the earthquakes continued.

Seismology, the science of earthquakes, is by no means void of interest.

In still other cases, earthquakes are the initiating cause of movement.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., eorthequakynge, from earth + quake (n.). In this sense Old English had eorðdyn, eorðhrernes, eorðbeofung, eorðstyren.