Articles | Volume 7, issue 6
22 Nov 2007
22 Nov 2007

On the electric field transient anomaly observed at the time of the Kythira M=6.9 earthquake on January 2006

A. Konstantaras, J. P. Makris, F. Vallianatos, and M. R. Varley

Abstract. The study of the Earth's electromagnetic fields prior to the occurrence of strong seismic events has repeatedly revealed cases were transient anomalies, often deemed as possible earthquake precursors, were observed on electromagnetic field recordings of surface, atmosphere and near space carried out measurements. In an attempt to understand the nature of such signals several models have been proposed based upon the exhibited characteristics of the observed anomalies and different possible generation mechanisms, with electric earthquake precursors (EEP) appearing to be the main candidates for short-term earthquake precursors. This paper discusses the detection of a ULF electric field transient anomaly and its identification as a possible electric earthquake precursor accompanying the Kythira M=6.9 earthquake occurred on the 8 January 2006.