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Critical regions

Due to the T-synchronizations of the Omega-sequences, some faults and fault zones become highly unstable (black pixels on the figure above). If such instabilities occur in a wider region, the critical region is formed (orange areas in the figure above). The critical regions are characterized by increased local interaction potential (PL) and increased probability for the tectonic waves to trigger higher magnitude earthquakes (increased critical triggering potential). 

The critical behavior occurs at least in some strong earthquakes, but not in all. T- synchronizations and associated critical regions are only one of the earthquake triggering mechanisms in the Earth’s crust next to the shear stress and shear traction. 

The critical regions can be calculated with the resolution of 1 or 0.1 degrees.