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- An earthquake that follows in the same vicinity as another, usually larger, earthquake (the "mainshock").
- (figuratively) By extension, any result or consequence following a major event.
2012, Hannah Patterson, The Cinema of Terrence Malick, ISBN 0231850115, page 26:
- Set in the 1950s, Badlands looks back to that period of malaise in American culture which was defined by the aftershock of world war, the fears engendered by the Cold War, and the questioning of both cultural and individual identity.
2014, Lester Parrott, Social work and poverty, ISBN 1447307941, page 35:
- On the other hand, in a global economy, many governments are seeking to limit their social costs in order to attract global corporations to invest in their countries, while also grappling with the aftershock of the banking crisis which has seen state financial support to the banking sector amount to L850 billion of guarantees and loans (National Audit Office, 2011).
- Emotional and physical distress following a traumatic event.
earthquake that follows in the same vicinity as another