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Stick-slip statistics for two fractal surfaces: a model for earthquakes

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Following the observations of the self-similarity in various length scales in the roughness of the fractured solid surfaces, we propose here a new model for the earthquake. We demonstrate rigorously that the contact area distribution between two fractal surfaces follows a unique power law. This is then utilised to show that the elastic energy releases for slips between two rough fractal surfaces indeed follow a Guttenberg-Richter like power law. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics
Role:
Author
Volume:
270
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
27-34
Publication date:
1999-08-01
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ISSN:
0378-4371
URN:
uuid:70f4b3d5-1a96-4648-8fd9-4730aa3ea168
Source identifiers:
22935
Local pid:
pubs:22935

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