Giant earthquakes: Not as random as thought

ScienceDaily reports that, by analysing sediment cores from Chilean lakes, an international team of scientists discovered that giant earthquakes reoccur with relatively regular intervals. When also taking into account smaller earthquakes, the repeat interval becomes increasingly more irregular to a level where earthquakes happen randomly in time.


Reference: J. Moernaut, M. Van Daele, K. Fontijn, K. Heirman, P. Kempf, M. Pino, G. Valdebenito, R. Urrutia, M. Strasser, M. De Batist. Larger earthquakes recur more periodically: New insights in the megathrust earthquake cycle from lacustrine turbidite records in south-central ChileEarth and Planetary Science Letters, 2018; 481: 9 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.016