Planet Shaking Quake
A quake so big it's felt across the entire planet
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Sometimes, when an earthquake strikes, it's felt across a large area. However, a quake can be large enough to be felt across an entire planet.

Often a giant explosion or a particularly large meteor can cause such event.


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    Film 
  • In The Core, after the core is sucessfuly restarted, the entire surface starts shaking from the World-Healing Wave.
  • Implied in Star Wars A New Hope, Red Leader's initial Proton Torpedo hit on the Death Star's exhaust port was enough to send some Stormtroopers and another Imperial soldier staggering and falling in a corridor though we don't see how local to the explosion the corridor is.
  • In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock planet-wide quakes are one of the indications the Genesis Planet isn't stable.

    Comic Books 
  • True of course for Krypton from the Superman series, because the tremors were the prelude to the whole planet blowing up.

    Literature 
  • Robert J Sawyer's Quintaglio Ascension deals with a race of intelligent dinosaurs living on an inner moon of Jupiter. While intelligent, they are ruled by a theocracy that sees the frequent earthquakes not as evidence that their planet is being torn apart by its close proximity to a massive planet's tidal pull, but as the God With The Great Red Eye expressing displeasure at the fallen nature of saurian-kind. The task for more scientifically inclined saurians is to get their people to realise their planet is doomed, and to get the Race off to a more stable planet, such as, er, the third world from the Sun. The last scene is of a saurian spaceship from the Earth colony philosphically watching their former homeworld being shattered and reduced to a ring system...
  • In the original book of When Worlds Collide, months before the collision, Alpha passes close enough to Earth to cause earthquakes strong enough for material to erupt from the Earth's core. Which is the salvation of the rocket project, since it releases a previously unknown element heat-resistant enough to use in an atomic rocket engine.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Doctor Who, at the beginning of the episode "The Stolen Earth", just before the Earth is teleported, an earthquake shakes a suburban neighbourhood, shaking tiles off of houses and causing a milk van to bounce. Afterwards, it's implied that the earthquake was felt across the whole world.
    • Then later, in "Journey's End", when the TARDIS is towing the Earth back home, various characters on Earth are shown being shaken up by the ride.

    Religion 
  • The Book of Revelation describes an earthquake worse than any in human history, which causes "the cities of the nations" to collapse and apparently reshapes the geography of the planet.

    Video Games 
  • At the end of Super Metroid, the entirety of Zebes is shaking during the Catastrophic Countdown to an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Happens in Borderlands 2 as a result of Handsome Jack's excavation operations to break into the Vault on Pandora.
  • In Wild ARMs 1, in the beginning during Rudy's prologue after getting a holy berry to help your friend treat his sick father it turns out that last holy berry was the only thing sealing a way an evil monster that had threatened the village many years ago, and it's release causes the whole world to shake. You defeat it, but the villagers are still really ticked with you, and ask you to leave.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic:
    • Occurs on the planet Makeb as the Hutts' deep mining operations are on the verge of tearing the planet apart.
    • The planet Quesh had its atmosphere permanently poisoned fifty thousand years ago during an event known as The Quake, a series of ground quakes that rocked the planet over the course of three centuries and completely rearranged its geologic face.
  • Towards the end of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, capturing the Ethereal device causes the alien Temple Ship to appear over south Atlantic Ocean, sending tremors across the planet that can be felt in the XCOM HQ, even if it is located in Europe or North America.

    Western Animation 
  • The Schoolhouse Rock episode "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" uses that phrase describing the American Revolution literally: in a shot of the globe, a Written Sound Effect saying "Bang!" in the proto-US is followed by a Speech Bubble from somewhere in China saying "What was that?"
  • Happens a few times in Futurama:
    • The episode "The Farnsworth Parabox" has a Universe Shaking Quake at the end. At the end of the episode, the crew ends up with a box containing their own universe. When Bender grabs the box and shakes it around, the entire place violently shakes, flinging people into the walls. Despite this, no apparent damage from the shakingnote is seen throughout the universe in later episodes.
    • In "That Darn Katz!", the cats cause this when they take the rotation energy from the Earth to their own planet. This causes the Hawaiian Islands to literally crash into each other, causes the Eiffel Tower to fly away from Paris before Big Ben crashes into its spot, before being crushed by the Statue of Liberty in turn, and literally bounces a filming studio out of Hollywood, sending everyone flying away, except for director Calculon as he was sitting in a hovering chair.
    Calculon: Cut! That extra looked at the camera. We'll have to do it again.
    • In "Game of Tones", an alien spaceship travels through space transmitting a series of musical tones strong enough to literally shake a planet apart. When it starts approaching Earth, it causes fissures to open up in city streets, as well as causing the ocean to violently ripple about.

    Real Life 
  • This is absolutely Truth in Television, at least if you're a seismometer. The epicenter of tremors is triangulated based on multiple seismometers far from the quake, and major quakes can cause Earth to ring like a bell for days.

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