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Scale Invariance of Earthquakes

  • L. Knopoff
Part of the Centre de Physique des Houches book series (LHWINTER, volume 7)

Abstract

If the model of self-organized criticality (SOC) yields power law distributions [1–5], does it follow that the well-known power-law distribution of earthquake energies [6–8] imply that the earthquake process is SOC? I show below that the earth is not SOC and that there are alternatives to understand the power law.

Keywords

Large Earthquake Main Shock Fracture Strength Stress Drop Small Earthquake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Knopoff
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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