Aftershock

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  1. Earthquake that follows a larger earthquake and originates at or near focus of larger earthquake. Major shallow earthquakes are generally followed by many aftershocks, which decrease in number as time goes on but may continue for days or even months.
    Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982. Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
  2. An earthquake that follows a larger earthquake or main shock and originates at or near the focus of the larger earthquake. Generally, major earthquakes are followed by many aftershocks, which decrease in frequency and magnitude with time. Such a series of aftershocks may last many days for small earthquakes or many months for large ones. CF: foreshock AGI
    Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms


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