What is the Epicenter of an Earthquake? - Definition & Location


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Which of the following describes the epicenter of an earthquake?

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1. How many seismograph stations are needed to find the location of an epicenter?

2. Why is the epicenter talked about more than the hypocenter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Scientists use a variety of methods to determine the location of the epicenter of an earthquake. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of epicenters and locations of earthquakes. You'll be tested on areas that include features of the epicenter, seismograph stations, and major earthquakes in the planet's history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of epicenters and locations of earthquakes:

  • Features of the epicenter
  • The hypocenter
  • Major earthquakes throughout history
  • Seismography

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding epicenters of earthquakes and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as epicenter and hypocenter
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the features of the epicenter
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how scientists determine the location of the epicenter and earthquake

Additional Learning

To learn more about epicenters and locations of earthquakes, review the accompanying lesson on What is the Epicenter of an Earthquake? - Definition & Location. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The important locations in an earthquake
  • Features of the epicenter
  • The hypocenter
  • Seismography
  • Definition of triangulation