Cellular-automaton model of earthquakes with deterministic dynamics

Hiizu Nakanishi

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A cellular-automaton model of threshold elements with deterministic dynamics is introduced. The model is a cellular-automaton version of the mechanical earthquake model invented originally by Burridge and Knopoff [Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. 57, 341 (1967)] and studied recently by Carlson and Langer [Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 2632 (1989); Phys. Rev. A 40, 6470 (1989)]. Randomness exists only in initial configurations. Numerical results show that the distribution function of the event magnitudes has a scaling region consistent with the Gutenberg-Richter law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7086-7089
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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