Special issue: Developments in Earthquake Precursors Studies


Earthquakes (EQs), due to their potentially catastrophic nature, have early attracted the attention of humans. During the last decades, a considerable amount of scientific effort has been devoted to the study of EQ precursors, aiming at EQ forecast. Prediction of large EQs, especially in the short-term, is of outmost importance for our society, since it could prevent, or at least restrict, their disastrous consequences, both in terms of infrastructure / material damages and in terms of casualties.

It is clear that EQ preparation processes are complex and multifaceted, which call for a multidisciplinary approach. Many possible precursors have been reported and studied during the last decades, which include (just to mention some): foreshock activity, pre-slip effect, surface deformation, seismic electric signals (SES), ultra-low frequency (ULF) magnetic field anomalies, MHz-kHz electromagnetic emissions (known as EME or EMR), ULF/ELF (extremely low frequency) atmospheric electromagnetic radiation, atmospheric anomalies (such as SLHF, OLR etc.) and ionospheric (lower and upper regions) anomalies, lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling, even abnormal animal behavior.

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Managing Director: Valeria De Paola 

Editor in Chief: Paola De Michelis

Editorial Board: Lucilla Alfonsi, Maria Elina Belardinelli, Andrea Bizzarri, Fabio Caratori Tontini, Carlo Cardellini, Annalisa Cherchi, Corrado Cimarelli, Gaetano Festa, Arnau Folch, Irene Molinari, Paola Montone, Barbara Orecchio, Michael Pezzopane, Alessio Piatanesi, Eugenio Sansosti, Enrico Scoccimarro, Enrico Serpelloni.

Annals of Geophysics is an international, peer-reviewed, a free-of-charge online and open access journal. Annals of Geophysics welcomes contributions on primary research on Seismology, Geodesy, Volcanology, Physics of the Earth Interior, Oceanography and Climatology, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, Geodynamics and Tectonophysics, Physics of the Atmosphere.