hypocenter

noun
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

Examples of hypocenter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather, the slip between rocks begins at one spot on the face of the fault—the hypocenter—and travels along it, like a zipper being unzipped. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Curved rock etchings reveal which way dangerous faults ruptured—and how they might again," 23 Sep. 2020 Only eight of those 20 had the other constraints Kearse and Kaneko needed to test their model, like the earthquake’s hypocenter. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Curved rock etchings reveal which way dangerous faults ruptured—and how they might again," 23 Sep. 2020 The Sanno Shinto Shrine, located about half a mile from the hypocenter, was reduced to ash by the bomb. Amy Briggs, National Geographic, "Twists of fate made Nagasaki a target 75 years ago," 5 Aug. 2020 Those directly under the bomb’s detonation point, or hypocenter, were incinerated, instantaneously erased from existence. Hiroki Kobayashi, National Geographic, "The elusive horror of Hiroshima," 5 Aug. 2020 But fear of possible residual radiation kept warier occupationaires away from the hypocenter site. Hiroki Kobayashi, National Geographic, "The elusive horror of Hiroshima," 5 Aug. 2020 The boys soon arrived at the power station, which was situated near the bomb’s hypocenter and had been reduced to little more than a pile of scorched metal. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," 5 Aug. 2020 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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“Hypocenter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocenter. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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