Statistical physics of fracture, friction, and earthquakes

@article{Kawamura2012StatisticalPO,
  title={Statistical physics of fracture, friction, and earthquakes},
  author={Hikaru Kawamura and Takahiro Hatano and Naoyuki Kato and Soumyajyoti Biswas and Bikas K. Chakrabarti},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={84},
  pages={839-884}
}
The present status of research and understanding regarding the dynamics and the statistical properties of earthquakes is reviewed, mainly from a statistical physical view point. Emphasis is put both on the physics of friction and fracture, which provides a microscopic basis for our understanding of an earthquake instability, and on the statistical physical modelling of earthquakes, which provides macroscopic aspects of such phenomena. Recent numerical results from several representative models… Expand
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