Characteristic earthquakes and seismic gaps

David D. Jackson, & Yan Y. Kagan

Published 2011, SCEC Contribution #1553

The intuitively appealing seismic gap model encompasses the virtually unassailable principle that earthquakes release strain energy accumulated over a long time. Although many large events have occurred in previously identified gaps, the same is true of locations outside them. Simple versions of the gap theory, in which characteristic earthquakes occur on independent segments, are no longer tenable. Modified versions of the gap theory have not yet been formulated in a rigorously testable way.

Jackson, D. D., & Kagan, Y. Y. (2011). Characteristic earthquakes and seismic gaps. , : Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8702-7_181.