Which best describes the epicenter of an earthquake?
The epicenter is the point on the surface of the Earth directly above the hypocenter of an earthquake. The hypocenter is the place where the rupture of the plate boundary that led to the earthquake first happened.
What happens at the epicentre of an earthquake?
The point on the Earth’s surface above the focus is called the epicentre . Earthquake energy is released in seismic waves. These waves spread out from the focus. The most severe damage caused by an earthquake will happen close to the epicentre.
How does an earthquake feel at the epicenter?
An earthquake produces energy that moves out in all directions in the form of seismic waves. An earthquake centered nearby feels jerky because you are feeling all the frequencies, she said. The higher frequency waves–the ones that cause the sudden jolts–dampen out quickly as the distance from the epicenter grows.