Evidence of q-exponential statistics in Greek seismicity

Chris G. Antonopoulos, George Michas, Filippos Vallianatos, Tassos Bountis

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We study the seismicity (global seismic activity) that occurred in Greece between 1976 and 2009 based on the dataset reported in Makropoulos et al. (2012), using concepts of non-extensive Statistical Physics. By considering the entire and declustered datasets, for which the aftershocks have been removed, we initially investigate the frequency-magnitude distribution and find that both datasets are well approximated by a physical model derived in the framework of non-extensive Statistical Physics. We then carry out a study of the distribution of interevent times of seismic events for different magnitude thresholds and discover that the data are well approximated by a statistical distribution of the q-exponential type that allows us to compute analytically the risk function of earthquake production. Our analysis thus reveals further evidence that the underlying dynamical process of earthquake birth reflects a kind of nonlinear memory due to long-term persistence of seismic events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014


  • Frequency-magnitude distribution
  • Hazard function estimation
  • Interevent times distribution
  • Non-extensive statistical mechanics
  • Seismicity
  • q-exponential statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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