Session I :
Micro-physics underlying earthquake nucleation and frictional behavior of complex fault zones : observations and simulation

2nd ACES (APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation) Workshop in Japan



Damage Localization, Sensitivity of Energy Release and Catastrophe Transition
Yi-Long Bai, H.L.LI, Fu-Jiu.Ke, Meng-Fen Xia


Abstract

Large earthquakes can be viewed as catastrophic ruptures in the earth's crust. There are two common features prior to catastrophe transitions in heterogeneous media. One is damage localization and the other is critical sensitivity, both of them are related to cascade of damage coalescence. These may be two cross checking precursors of large earthquakes.

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