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Variation of Lunar-Solar Tidal Force and Earthquakes in Taiwan Island of China


This paper considers the relationship between 21 major earthquakes(Ms ≥ 7.0) in land and the offshore area of Taiwan island in the 20th century and thevariance ratio of the lunar-solar tidal force. The result indicates that the time of these earthquakes is closely related to the variance ratio of the lunar-solar tidal force, and therefore that the tidal force possibly plays an important role in triggering earthquakes.

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Zhao, J., Han, Y. & Li, Z. Variation of Lunar-Solar Tidal Force and Earthquakes in Taiwan Island of China. Earth, Moon, and Planets 88, 123–129 (2000).

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  • Earthquakes
  • lunar-solar tidal force
  • variance ratio