- Also epicentrum. Geology. a point, directly above the true center of disturbance, from which the shock waves of an earthquake apparently radiate.
- a focal point, as of activity: Manhattan's Chinatown is the epicenter of the city's Chinese community.
Also especially British, ep·i·cen·tre.
Origin of epicenter
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The ground motion near the epicenter was so violent that the tops of some trees were snapped off.
The location of an earthquake is commonly described by the geographic position of its epicenter and by its focal depth.
The Santa Cruz mountains suffered little damage from the seismic waves, even though they were close to the epicenter.
Word Origin and History for epicenter
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The point on the Earth's surface that is directly above the focus (the point of origin) of an earthquake. The epicenter is usually the location where the greatest damage associated with an earthquake occurs. See Note at earthquake.
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