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Research article 18 Feb 2019

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A review and upgrade of the Lithospheric dynamics in context of the Seismo-electromagnetic Theory

Patricio Venegas-Aravena1,2,3, Enrique G. Cordaro1,4, and David Laroze5 Patricio Venegas-Aravena et al.
  • 1Cosmic Radiation Observatories, University of Chile, Casilla 487-3, Santiago, Chile
  • 2Departamento de Geofísica, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2002, Santiago, Chile
  • 3Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile
  • 4Facultadde Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Pedro de Valdivia 425, Santiago, Chile
  • 5Instituto de Alta Investigación, CEDENNA, Universidad de Tarapacá, Casilla 7D, Arica, Chile

Abstract. This publication highlights theoretical work that could explain four different empirical observations indicating a direct relationship between magnetic fields and earthquakes, which would allow the description of a causal mechanism prior to and during the occurrence of earthquakes. These theoretical calculations seek to elucidate the role of the magnetic field in different aspects of solid earth dynamics, with an interest in the study and comprehension of the physics that could generate earthquakes accompanied by simultaneous magnetic signals within the lithosphere. The Motion of Charged Edge Dislocations (MCD) model and its correlation with the magnetic field have been used in order to include the generation of electric currents. The electric currents resulting from stress variation in the lithosphere helps us to analyze the lithosphere as a critical system, before and after the occurrence of earthquakes, by using the concept of earthquake entropy. Where it is found that the non-existence of seismic and magnetic precursors could be interpreted as a violation to the second law of thermodynamics. In addition, the Seismic Moment and the Moment Magnitude of some great earthquakes are quite accurately calculated using the co-seismic magnetic field. The distance-dependent co-seismic magnetic field has been theorized for some of the largest recorded earthquakes. Finally, the frequency of oscillation of the Earth's magnetic field that could be associated with earthquakes is calculated and being consistent to the ultra-low frequency (ULF) signals that some authors propose in the so-called "LAIC Effect" (lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling).

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Several authors have shown evidence of electromagnetic measurements prior to earthquakes. However, these investigations lack a physical mechanism to support them. That is why we developed a theory that could explain many of these phenomena. Specifically, we demonstrate that the generation of microcracks in the lithosphere due to stress changes can explain and describe these electromagnetic phenomena.
Several authors have shown evidence of electromagnetic measurements prior to earthquakes....