Yebang Xu

Yebang Xu


  • 02.25 Sciences

Personal profile

Academic Background

Ph.D.  University of East Anglia 1998.

M Sc. Lanzhou Institute of Seismology, China 1985

B. Eng. Chengdu University of Sciences and Technologies, China 1982.


While studying at the Lanzhou Seismological Research Institute, I conducted research on the rupture characteristics of the Haiyuan Fault, an important seismic active one in western China.  After obtaining my Master of Science, I worked in Sichuan SSB Earthquake Analysis Department.  My work focuses on the study of seismicity of large active faults on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.  During my PhD study at UEA, I conducted research on microseismic characteristics of continental extensional regimes (Kenya and Central Greece).  Analyses of microseismic source rupture parameters focus on the East African Rift Valley (Central Kenya).  Later, as a researcher and senior scientist, I focused on introducing modern statistical physics methods to innovatively study the nonlinear spatiotemporal structure of seismic activity in Greece and the Mediterranean region.  In recent years, my research has further extended to the analysis of Indonesian survival seismogenesis characteristics and the study of Morley wavelet variation and seismic harmony in the Himalayan tectonic belt.  In addisignalor the EU-funded SHIELDS project, I researched and summarized the selection of alerts signals for earthquake early warning SHIELDS (Revithoussa, Greece).

Key Research Interests

Earthquake seismology, active faults, seismicity, seismic hazard and risk, nonlinear seismic spatiotemporal analyses, earthquake early warning



Selected Publications


Xu, Y., 1992, A study on characteristics of information dimension D1of the temporal and spatial distributions of earthquakes in an active fault zone. Acta Seismologica Sinica, 5, 389-398.        .    


Xu, Y. & Burton, P.W., 1997. Microearthquake Swarms: Scaling and Lacunarity (Fast-Track Paper), Geophysical Journal International, 131, F1-F8.


Xu, Y. & Burton P.W., 1999, Spatial fractal evolutions and hierarchies for microearthquake in central Greece. Pure and Applied Geophysics., 154, 73-99.    


Xu, Y., Burton, P.W. & Tselentis, G.-A., 2003. Regional seismic hazard for Revithoussa, Greece: an earthquake early warning Shield and selection of alert signals. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 3, 757-776.


Burton, P.W., Xu, Y., Tselentis, G.-A., Sokos E., Aspinall W., 2003, Strong ground acceleration seismic hazard in Greece and neighbouring regions, Soil Dyn Earthquake Eng 23, 159-181.


Burton, P.W., Xu, Y., Qin, C., Tselentis, G.-A., Sokos E., 2004, A catalogue of seismicity in Greece and adjacent areas for the twentieth century, Tectonophysics 190, 117-127.


Xu, Y. & Burton P.W., 2006, Time varying seismicity in Greece: Hurst’s statistical analysis and Monte Carlo simulation applied to a new earthquake catalogue for Greece, Tectonophysics 423, 125-136.


Xu, Y. & Burton P.W., 2014, Survival of seismogenesis: Cox proportional hazard model of large earthquake swarms: Indonesia. Seismological Research Letters 4, 794-800.


Xu, Y. & Burton P.W., 2021, Himalayan tectonic belt: Morlet wavelet variation and seismic harmony. Pure and Applied Geophysics., 178, 3471-3488.