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  • noun geology The focus of an earthquake, directly under the epicenter
  • noun military The point on the surface below an atmospheric explosion


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From Ancient Greek ὑπό (under) + κέντρον (centre)


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  • I agree with hypocentre that it's likely not a hard drive problem.

    Total system failure ReBecca Foster 2008

  • In particular the A-Dome as mentioned earlier, but also a surviving tree (1. 5km from the hypocentre transplanted in the park), the building that withstood the blast and the T-shaped bridge that was the actual orginal target. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at 2010

  • He pointed out some of the other surviving buildings and structures, took us to a graveyard that survived (granite survived quite well) and the actual hypocentre of the bomb TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at 2010

  • The hypocentre site in Nagasaki, the Secretary-General said, "does far more than mark the geographic centre of the bomb" s impact.

    Spero News 2010

  • Its destructive power was made worse because the point where the earth's crust began to rupture - its hypocentre - occurred at the relatively shallow depth of 13km (8.1 miles) beneath the surface.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed 2010

  • The point of the earthquake's origin beneath the surface is called the hypocentre.

    The Unreasonable Man 2009

  • Then surface waves radiate outwards from the epicentre - the point on the surface directly above the hypocentre - and arrive after the main P and S waves.

    The Unreasonable Man 2009


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