Student or Learner
The writer was sleeping downstairs when the earthquake broke out.
This sentence comes from my textbook. I found no sentence in the corpora that contains 'earthquake broke out'. Is it a good collocation? Would 'happened' or 'occurred' be better?
Thank you in advance.
If something caused the earthquake to start (maybe a nuclear explosion...), the collocations 'X triggered/set off an earthquake' exist