Complex behavior in earthquake dynamics

Hiizu Nakanishi

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Recent progresses in understanding earthquake dynamics with the aid of a simple spring-block system is reviewed from a physicists' point of view. Dynamical instability due to negative dynamical friction amplifies any perturbation and leads to a chaotic behavior for almost any initial configurations. It is also pointed out that static friction gives another source of the complex behavior which is characteristic to a threshold element system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-284
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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