impact zone

noun
(in surfing) the dangerous position on a wave that is just about to separate and collapse; the falling lip of a wave.
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Too bad it has taken so long for people outside of the impact zone to hear
  about the human and animal consequences.
Immobile species such as mussels and oysters may be locally wiped out in the
  impact zone.
The robot is not in danger because it lies outside the impact zone.
He survived, and was plucked from the impact zone by the helicopter.
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