Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Research article
25 Apr 2012
Research article |  | 25 Apr 2012

Relation between seismicity and pre-earthquake electromagnetic emissions in terms of energy, information and entropy content

S. M. Potirakis, G. Minadakis, and K. Eftaxias

Abstract. In this paper we show, in terms of Fisher information and approximate entropy, that the two strong impulsive kHz electromagnetic (EM) bursts recorded prior to the Athens earthquake (EQ) (7 September 1999, magnitude 5.9) present compatibility with the radar interferometry data and the seismic data analysis, which indicates that two fault segments were activated during Athens EQ. The calculated Fisher information and approximate entropy content ratios closely follow the radar interferometry result that the main fault segment was responsible for 80 % of the total energy released, while the secondary fault segment for the remaining 20 %. This experimental finding, which appears for the first time in the literature, further enhances the hypothesis for the seismogenic origin of the analyzed kHz EM bursts.