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[ep-uh-sen-ter] /ˈɛp əˌsɛn tər/

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.
the point on the earth’s surface directly above the focus of an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion Compare focus (sense 6)
(informal) the absolute centre of something: the epicentre of world sprinting

chiefly British English spelling of epicenter; for spelling, see -re.

1887, from Modern Latin epicentrum (1879 in geological use); see epi- + center. Related: Epicentral (1866).
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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