Definition of hypocenter in English:


Syllabification: hy·po·cen·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈhīpəˌsen(t)ər


1The underground focus point of an earthquake. Compare with epicenter.
More example sentences
  • The Richter scale measures the amount of seismic energy released from the hypocenter of the earthquake; it is not used to express damage.
  • Magnitude is a measure of the energy released by a quake at its hypocenter, the point underground where movement first occurs along a fault.
  • Only two small communities are located within 100 km of the hypocenter (which this bulletin says is 10 km underground, not 5).
2 another term for ground zero.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…