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1 March 2009 Using Zipf's Law to Predict Future Earthquakes in Kansas
Daniel F. Merriam, John C. Davis
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Zipf's Law states that there is a relation between size and rank of discrete phenomena. This relationship has been noted in other areas, but only recently has been used to describe geological events; in this example, the occurrence of earthquakes in Kansas. Forty earthquakes recorded in Kansas were used to test and evaluate the law as a description model. It was determined that Zipf's Law can describe the size and rank distribution of earthquakes, including those with magnitudes not yet recorded, but it cannot predict when they will occur.

Daniel F. Merriam and John C. Davis "Using Zipf's Law to Predict Future Earthquakes in Kansas," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 112(1/2), 127-129, (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.112.0218
Published: 1 March 2009
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area affected
earthquake magnitude
power law
prediction model
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