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Case 23 nomination of precursory seismic quiescence as a significant precursor

  • Max Wyss
  • R. E. Habermann
  • P. Bodin
  • Carl Kisslinger
  • R. O. Burford
  • F. W. Klein
  • A. C. Johnson
  • Zhengxiang Fu


Several cases of extremely strong quiescences have been investigated in great detail, and it was found that they are statistically highly significant and that they cannot be reasonably explained by catalog heterogeneity. Several additional cases of quantitatively measured quiescence have been documented. The method of measuring quiescence has progressed from using visual means to using a quantitative approach, and the understanding of the noise sources has significantly advanced during the last few years. Therefore I feel that quiescence is a real phenomenon and the method to detect it has matured to a point that is acceptable for the List of Significant Precursors, although considerably more work needs to be done to understand this parameter and its role in the earthquake generation process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Wyss
    • 1
  • R. E. Habermann
  • P. Bodin
  • Carl Kisslinger
  • R. O. Burford
  • F. W. Klein
  • A. C. Johnson
  • Zhengxiang Fu
  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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