This is one of those rants about the common misuse of the word, epicenter. I get it, these rants can be futile. But I gotta say this anyway.\n\nI often see epicenter mentioned in news articles talking about the growing Covid-19 virus epidemic. Maybe its a mistaken view that the "origin of a infectious disease outbreak" sounds less ominous than an "epidemic's epicenter". These words don't make it worse or better. They only show the absence of a good editor on the news site.\n\nAn epicenter is the point on the Earth's surface directly above an earthquake's hypocenter or focus, the point where an earthquake originates. There isn't any other definition for this word other than in seismology.