Earthquake vs Macroseism - What's the difference?

earthquake | macroseism |


As nouns the difference between earthquake and macroseism

is that earthquake is a shaking of the ground, caused by volcanic activity or movement around geologic faults while macroseism is a severe earthquake.

earthquake

Noun

(en noun)
  • A shaking of the ground, caused by volcanic activity or movement around geologic faults.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.2:
  • Her alablaster brest she soft did kis, / Which all that while shee felt to pant and quake, / As it an Earth-quake were: at last she thus bespake.
  • * 2006 , Declan Walsh, The Guardian , 6 Oct 2006:
  • Last year's earthquake crushed his house, his livelihood and very nearly his leg, he said, pointing to a plastered limb that refuses to heal.

    Synonyms

    * earthdin * quake * seism * temblor * terremote * tremblor * tremor

    Derived terms

    * earthquake-prone

    See also

    * aftershock * earthquake engineering * fault line * Richter scale * seismic * seismograph * seismologist * seismology * tremor * tsunami

    macroseism

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A severe earthquake