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1The point within the earth where an earthquake originates.
- ‘Displacement at the hypocentre of the earthquake must be sufficiently large to propagate to the surface.’
- ‘The starting point of an earthquake under ground is called the hypocentre or focus.’
- ‘Lynch said each quake had a hypocentre - latitude, longitude and depth - which would give the location below the ground.’
- ‘Accurate determinations of hypocentres indicate that the upper part of the basement to the Simple Folded Zone is actively deforming.’
2The point on the earth's surface directly above or below an exploding nuclear bomb:‘the Hall's position at the hypocentre of the blast saved it from more severe damage’
- ‘‘If you project that hypocentre to the surface, you would get the epicentre which is the latitude and longitude,’ he said.’
- ‘Directly underneath the hypocentre and not far from this point the damage was massive.’
- ‘Those who were within two kilometres of the hypocentre had 50 times the expected incidence within five years.’
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