Chaotic behavior of seismic mechanisms: experiment and observation

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Bento Caldeira
Hugo Gonçalves Silva
José F. Borges
Mouhaydine Tlemçani
Mourad Bezzeghoud


To simulate the dynamics of earthquakes, a mechanical prototype was constructed that was inspired by the Burridge-Knopoff model and equipped with accurate instrumental devices. The data obtained by the prototype appeared to be consistent with seismic data from the San Andreas Fault, California, USA, which were analyzed using two different methodologies: seismology and modern developments of chaos theory. Perspectives for future work are also presented.

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Caldeira, B., Silva, H. G., Borges, J. F., Tlemçani, M. and Bezzeghoud, M. (2012) “Chaotic behavior of seismic mechanisms: experiment and observation”, Annals of Geophysics, 55(1). doi: 10.4401/ag-5359.
EARTHQUAKE PRECURSORS / Special Issue ed. by P.F. Biagi, M.E. Contadakis, M. Hayakawa and T. Maggipinto

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