epicenter : Common Errors in English

About epicenter

The precise location where the earth slips beneath the surface in an earthquake is its hypocenter (or focus) and the spot up on the surface where people feel the quake is its epicenter. Geologists get upset when people use the latter word, designating a point rather removed from the main action, as if it were a synonym of “epitome” and meant something like “most important center.” The British spell it “epicentre.”

epicenter Meaning(s)

  • (n) the point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake

epicenter in News

  1. Lynn park has new playground

    LYNN — It took five years and tens of thousands of dollars, but a residents of a high-crime neighborhood in Lynn have reclaimed a park that was once the epicenter of gang activity.
    on June 17, 2013 Source: The Daily Item

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: Rubio and Cruz, emerging GOP superstars

    It's fascinating that two Hispanic men — both of whom are further to the right of where most Latinos stand on immigration — are at the epicenter of the current reform debate.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: The San Angelo Standard-Times

  3. Sean Q. Kelly: Credit regs for saving house

    In a matter of two hours, the Springs Fire spread across the four miles of rugged hills and brush that separated our Ventura County home from the epicenter of the fire.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Ventura County Star

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