Characteristic earthquake model, 1884 -- 2011, R.I.P

  title={Characteristic earthquake model, 1884 -- 2011, R.I.P},
  author={Yan Y. Kagan and David D. Jackson and Robert J Geller},
  journal={arXiv: Geophysics},
Unfortunately, working scientists sometimes reflexively continue to use "buzz phrases" grounded in once prevalent paradigms that have been subsequently refuted. This can impede both earthquake research and hazard mitigation. Well-worn seismological buzz phrases include "earthquake cycle," "seismic cycle," "seismic gap," and "characteristic earthquake." They all assume that there are sequences of earthquakes that are nearly identical except for the times of their occurrence. If so, the complex… Expand

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