Earthquake Seismology presents the most recent findings on the physics of earthquakes. It includes chapters on seismicity studies from pre-historic periods to the most modern studies on a global scale, deep earthquakes, nucleation, stress transfer, triggering, hydrological processes, and recently discovered slow slips at plate boundaries. It also covers closely related fields including tsunami, volcanic seismology and physics, interaction between solid earth, atmosphere and ionosphere. Discussions on strong-motion seismology and its social implications are also reviewed.

Key Features

  • Self-contained volume starts with an overview of the subject then explores each topic with in depth detail
  • Extensive reference lists and cross references with other volumes to facilitate further research
  • Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding
  • Content suited for both the expert and non-expert


Professionals, researchers, professors, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in the fields of Geophysics, Earth system science, geology, geomagnetism, ocean science, planetary and aerospace science, environmental science, seismology, petrology, mining and construction, and urban planning.

Table of Contents

Gregory C. Beroza
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
Hiroo Kanamori
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Seismic Source Theory
Raúl Madariaga
École Normal Supérieure, Paris, France

Fracture and Frictional Mechanics
Yuri Fialko
University of California, San Diego, USA

Dynamic Shear Rupture in Frictional Interfaces
Speeds, Directionality and Modes
Ares J. Rosakis, George Lykotrafitis and Hiroo Kanamori California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
Kaiwen Xia
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friction of Rock at Earthquake Slip Rates
Terry E. Tullis
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Applications of Rate-and-State-Dependent Friction to Models of Fault Slip and Earthquake Occurrence
James H. Dieterich
University of California, Riverside, USA

Slip Inversion
Satoshi Ide
University of Tokyo, Japan

Fault Interaction, Earthquake Stress Changes and the Evolution of Seismicity
Geoffrey King
Institute de Physique du Globe, Paris, France

Dynamic Triggering
David Hill
United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, USA
Stephanie Prejean
United States Geological Survey, Anchorage, USA

Deep Earthquakes
Heidi Houston
University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Volcanology 101 for Seismologists
Christopher Newhall
United States Geological Survey, USA

Volcano Seismology
Hitoshi Kawakatsu
University of Tokyo, Japan

Earthquake Hydrology
Michael Manga
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Interaction of Solid Earth, Atmosphere and Ionosphere
Toshiro Tanimoto
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Juliette Artru-Lambin
Centre National d'Études Spatiales, Toulouse, France

Episodic Aseismic Slip at Plate Boundaries
Susan Schwartz
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Global Seismicity
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About the editor

Hiroo Kanamori

Affiliations and Expertise

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA