Meaning of epicenter

ep•i•cen•ter

Pronunciation: (ep'u-sen"tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a point, directly above the true center of disturbance, from which the shock waves of an earthquake apparently radiate.
  2. a focal point, as of activity: Manhattan's Chinatown is the epicenter of the city's Chinese community.
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