Cellular automata to describe seismicity: A review

Abigail Jiménez*

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Cellular Automata have been used in the literature to describe seismicity. We first historically introduce Cellular Automata and provide some important definitions. Then we proceed to review the most important models, most of them being variations of the spring-block model proposed by Burridge and Knopoff, and describe the most important results obtained from them. We discuss the relation with criticality and also describe some models that try to reproduce real data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1350
Number of pages26
JournalActa Geophysica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cellular Automata
  • complex systems
  • discrete models
  • seismicity


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