a small earthquake or tremor that follows a major earthquake.
the effect, result, or repercussion of an event; aftermath; consequence:
The aftershock of the bankruptcy was felt throughout the financial community.
Contemporary Examples

One aftershock was significant enough—6.6 magnitude—that some seismologists were describing it as a secondary, full-blown quake.
Japan’s First Dark Night After the Earthquake and Tsunami Lennox Samuels March 10, 2011

Kimye Heads Back to Vogue: Brace yourselves for the aftershock.
Anna Wintour Hosts DNC Fundraiser; Kimye Heads Back to ‘Vogue’ The Fashion Beast Team May 19, 2014

one of a series of minor tremors occurring after the main shock of an earthquake Compare foreshock

also after-shock, 1894, from after + shock (n.1).
A less powerful earthquake that follows a more forceful one. Aftershocks usually originate at or near the focus of the main earthquakes they follow and can continue for days or months. They usually decrease in magnitude and frequency with time.


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