Acta Geophysica

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 60–83 | Cite as

Probabilistic model to forecast earthquakes in the Zemmouri (Algeria) seismoactive area on the basis of moment magnitude scale distribution functions

  • Kamel BaddariEmail author
  • Said Makdeche
  • Fouzi Bellalem
Research article


Based on the moment magnitude scale, a probabilistic model was developed to predict the occurrences of strong earthquakes in the seismoactive area of Zemmouri, Algeria. Firstly, the distributions of earthquake magnitudes M i were described using the distribution function F 0(m), which adjusts the magnitudes considered as independent random variables. Secondly, the obtained result, i.e., the distribution function F 0(m) of the variables M i was used to deduce the distribution functions G(x) and H(y) of the variables Y i = Log M 0,i and Z i = M 0,i , where (Y i ) i and (Z i ) i are independent. Thirdly, some forecast for moments of the future earthquakes in the studied area is given.

Key words

probabilistic model Zemmouri seismoactive area seismic magnitude scale prediction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Physics of the Earth UMBBBoumerdesAlgeria
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics UMBBLaboratory LIMOSE UMBBBoumerdesAlgeria
  3. 3.Research Center in AstronomyAstrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG)AlgiersAlgeria

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