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Local interaction potential (T-synchronizations)

The local interaction potential (PL) is a quantitative measure, which defines how unstable some tectonic zone is during the T-synchronizations. Highly unstable faults and fault zones with PL > 0.75 are represented with black pixels.

Tectonic faults tend to interact with each other according to Båth’s law. These interactions lead to the development of geometric and periodic earthquake sequences of various types, called the Omega-sequences. Seismic processes in the Earth’s crust are chaotic, but due to strong coupling between blocks of rocks and tectonic plates, they are subjected to chaotic synchronizations. Seismic catalogs are not composed of random events but of a multiplicity of Omega-sequences that occur on the local, regional, and global levels. These Omega-sequences tend to synchronize their rhythm in a form of phase-synchronizations, when a large number of them produces the next event at the same time, resulting in large earthquakes. These are so-called T-synchronizations. 

The T-sychronizations can be calculated on a 1- or 0.1-degree scale based on the algorithms described by Žalohar (2018). The range of the normalized values of the local interaction potential (PL) is between 0 and 1.

Read more about the Omega-Theory here, what are its major concepts here and what are the Omega-equences here.



  • Žalohar, J., 2018. The Omega-Theory; A New Physics of Earthquakes. Elsevier, 558 pp.