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Journal of Earthquakes
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 123092, 5 pages
Research Article

Potential of Fractal Analysis of Earthquakes through Wavelet Analysis and Determination of b Value as an Aftershock Precursor: A Case Study Using Earthquake Data between 2003 and 2011 in Turkey

Department of Applied Geophysics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004, India

Received 14 October 2013; Revised 23 January 2014; Accepted 22 February 2014; Published 20 March 2014

Academic Editor: Morteza Fattahi

Copyright © 2014 V. Srivardhan and Uppala Srinu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The b value of earthquakes is very useful to forecast the occurrence of aftershocks in a given region. The b value characterizes the release of energy due to stress accumulation in the rocks through an earthquake and is a direct indicator for the prediction of aftershocks in the region. Wavelet based fractal analysis is used in this study to determine the b value by calculating the fractal dimension. This method guarantees high accuracy results through a limited dataset. The objective of this work was to demonstrate an elegant method for the determination of the b value after an earthquake and predict the occurrence of aftershocks with high accuracy. Repeated earthquakes were analyzed between 2003 and 2011 in Turkey and the b value was found for these earthquakes. The results gave an indication that the b value of the mainshock and its aftershocks are different and aftershocks occur in the region when the b value of the mainshock deviates significantly from 0.5, and aftershocks keep occurring until the b value of the earthquake approaches close to 0.5 for this region.