A headline from last year showing, once again, that people do not always use the term “earthquake” to speak of a literal earthquake:
An earthquake – and an echo of the 1930s: Historian MARK ALMOND says the German election result puts the stability of the country in question
This ties in with the historicist claim that “earthquake” in Bible prophecy often means a major shakeup and not necessarily a literal physical earthquake. That means this future event is likely not a literal earthquake:
Revelation 16:18: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.