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[hahy-puh-sen-ter] /ˈhaɪ pəˌsɛn tər/
noun, Geology
focus (def 5).
Origin of hypocenter
1900-05; hypo- + center Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The epicenter is the point on the surface directly above the hypocenter.
  • The point on the fault where rupture initiates is referred to as the focus or hypocenter of an earthquake.
  • Contours show the rupture initiation time and the red star indicates the hypocenter location.
  • The area of the fault where the sudden rupture takes place is called the focus or hypocenter of the earthquake.
  • The hypocenter, or focus of the microearthquake, is the location of the subterranean point of initial rupture of the rocks.
  • When an earthquake occurs, seismic waves are created, which propagate away from the focus or hypocenter.
  • The point at depth where faulting is initiated is called the focus or hypocenter.

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