# Epicenter

December 28, 2011, 1:00 pm
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The epicenter of an earthquake is the point on the Earth's surface that is vertically above the hypocenter (or focus), (Image Source: Michael Pidwirny).

The epicenter is the location on the Earth's surface that is directly above the hypocenter (or focus) of an earthquake. The epicenter normally represents the first place where the seismic waves released from the underground earthquake rupture encounter the ground surface.

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### Citation

Survey, U. (2011). Epicenter. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/164385

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