hypocenter

noun
hy·​po·​cen·​ter | \ ˈhī-pə-ˌsen-tər \

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

Other Words from hypocenter

hypocentral \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈsen-​trəl \ adjective

First Known Use of hypocenter

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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