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pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 125, Issue 5, pp 765–775 | Cite as

Reoccurrence formulas for the largest earthquake magnitudes based on the modified cumulative frequency-magnitude relationship

  • J. Latousakis
  • J. Drakopoulos
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Abstract

A modified formula of the cumulative frequency-magnitude relation has been formulated and tested in a previous paper by the authors of this study.

Based on the modified relationship, the following reoccurrence formulas have been obtained.
  1. 1)
    For the ‘T-years period’ larger earthquake magnitude,M T
    $$M_T = \frac{1}{{A_3 }}ln\frac{{A_2 }}{{(1/T) + A_1 }}.$$
     
  2. 2)
    For the value of the maximum earthquake magnitude, which is exceeded with probabilityP inT-years period,M PT
    $$M_{PT} = \frac{{ln(A_2 .T)}}{{A_3 }} - \frac{{ln[A_1 .T - ln(1 - P)]}}{{A_3 }}.$$
     
  3. 3)
    For the probability of occurrence of an earthquake of magnitudeM in aT-years period,P MT
    $$P_{MT} = 1 - \exp [ - T[ - A_1 + A_2 \exp ( - A_3 M)]].$$
     

The above formulas provide estimates of the probability of reoccurrence of the largest earthquake events which are significantly more realistic than those based on the Gutenberg-Richter relationships; at least for numerous tested earthquake samples from the major area of Greece.

Key words

Reoccurrence formulas hazard assessment 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Latousakis
    • 1
  • J. Drakopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Seismological InstituteNational Observatory of AthensAthensGreece

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