Articles | Volume 37, issue 3
Regular paper
10 May 2019
Regular paper |  | 10 May 2019

Phenomena preceding major earthquakes interconnected through a physical model

Panayiotis A. Varotsos, Nicholas V. Sarlis, and Efthimios S. Skordas

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In this paper, we summarize the anomalous phenomena that were observed before the super-giant earthquake of magnitude 9.0 that occurred on 11 March 2011 in Japan. These phenomena have been detected by means of ground-based measurements and satellite data. We find that all these phenomena are in agreement with a condensed matter physical model that motivated in the 1980s a short-term earthquake prediction method based on the detection of precursory electric signals.