marsquake n.

seismic activity on the surface of Mars



  • 1912 N. F. Dupuis Our Neighbors in Queen’s Quarterly (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario) (vol. 20) July 143 page image

    Mars also is covered with a net of mostly invisible lines…along which the shaking and general disturbance of the surface by Marsquakes are most pronounced.

  • 1941 ‘S. D. Gottesman’ Mars-Tube in Astonishing Stories Sept. 17/1 page image C. M. Kornbluth Frederik Pohl bibliography

    Bombs and guns and force beams and Earth—Marsquakes, too.

  • 1955 R. Bradbury The Piper in Fantastic Stories Spring 85/1 page image Ray Bradbury bibliography

    ‘Whass that?’ asked Brondar. ‘That noise?’…‘Marsquake,’ said Nar, feebly rousing himself. ‘Shifting strata in the hills.’

  • 1957 R. Silverberg Critical Threshold in New Worlds (#66) Dec. 122 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    Now they knew that the Marsquake had wrecked the Dome.

  • 1972 G. Benford Life on the Margin in Amazing Stories Jan. 108/2 page image Gregory Benford bibliography

    Mars probably has some low level of volcanic activity, as well as Marsquakes.

  • 1991 P. C. Jennings Fourth Intercometary in Asimov’s Science Fiction Nov. 236 page image Phillip C. Jennings bibliography

    The Egyptian rolled over. For Yossi on the upper bunk, the effect was like a marsquake.

  • 2004 A. M. Steele Garcia Narrows Bridge in Asimov’s Science Fiction Jan. 71 page image Allen Steele bibliography

    There were predictions that it would be destroyed by the first major dust storm or marsquake.

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