Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 176, Issue 11, pp 4649–4660 | Cite as

Earthquake Networks as a Tool for Seismicity Investigation: a Review

  • D. ChorozoglouEmail author
  • A. Iliopoulos
  • C. Kourouklas
  • O. Mangira
  • E. Papadimitriou


Seismic hazard assessment is one of the main targets of seismological research, aiming to contribute to reducing the catastrophic consequences of strong earthquakes (e.g., \( M \ge 6.0 \)). From the early stage of seismological research, both purely seismological and statistical methods were adopted for seismic hazard assessment. An approach towards this target was attempted by means of network theory, aiming to provide insight into the complex physical mechanisms that cause earthquakes and whether the occurrence of strong earthquakes can be predicted to some extent. Application of network theory in different areas of the world with intense seismic activity, such as Japan, California, Italy, Greece, Iran, and Chile, has yielded promising results that have negligible probability of being obtained by purely random guessing.


Nodes Connections Network measures Randomized networks Correlation Time series Main shocks 



Financial support by the European Union and Greece (Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework 2014-2020) for the project “Development and application of time-dependent stochastic models in selected regions of Greece for assessing the seismic hazard” is gratefully acknowledged (MIS5004504). Geophysics Department Contribution 923.


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  • D. Chorozoglou
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Iliopoulos
    • 1
  • C. Kourouklas
    • 1
  • O. Mangira
    • 1
  • E. Papadimitriou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geophysics, School of GeologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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