hy·​po·​cen·​ter | \ ˈhī-pə-ˌsen-tər How to pronounce hypocenter (audio) \

Definition of hypocenter

1 : the focus of an earthquake — compare epicenter sense 1
2 : the point on the earth's surface directly below the center of a nuclear bomb explosion

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Other Words from hypocenter

hypocentral \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈsen-​trəl How to pronounce hypocentral (audio) \ adjective

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The team found that the hypocenters, the deep point of origin for earthquakes, were also getting deeper, about half a kilometer per year and where there was also a higher proportion of high magnitude earthquakes. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Earthquakes near oil fields could persist long after drilling stops," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of hypocenter

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hypocenter was in 1905

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