This research work employs theoretical and empirical expert knowledge in constructing an agglomerative parallel processing algorithm that performs spatio-temporal clustering upon seismic data. This is made possible by exploiting the spatial and temporal sphere of influence of the main earthquakes solely, clustering seismic events into a number of fuzzy bordered, interactive and yet potentially distinct seismic zones. To evaluate whether the unveiled clusters indeed depict a distinct seismic zone, deep learning neural networks are deployed to map seismic energy release rates with time intervals between consecutive large earthquakes. Such a correlation fails should there be influence by neighboring seismic areas, hence casting the seismic region as non-distinct, or if the extent of the seismic zone has not been captured fully. For the deep learning neural network to depict such a correlation requires a steady seismic energy input flow. To address that the western area of the Hellenic seismic arc has been selected as a test case due to the nearly constant motion of the African plate that sinks beneath the Eurasian plate at a steady yearly rate. This causes a steady flow of strain energy stored in tectonic underground faults, i.e., the seismic energy storage elements; a partial release of which, when propagated all the way to the surface, casts as an earthquake. The results are complementary two-fold with the correlation between the energy release rates and the time interval amongst large earthquakes supporting the presence of a potential distinct seismic zone in the Ionian Sea and vice versa.
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