The 2016 Central Italy Seismic Sequence: Insights, implications and lessons learned

Last Updated:
3 February 2017
Associate Editors: Lucilla Benedetti, Claudio Chiarabba, Laura Peruzza, Richard Walters, Fabrizio Storti

 This special volume aims at gathering studies based on data acquired during and following the 2016 Central Italy seismic sequence. The earthquakes that struck Central Italy between August 24th and October 30th 2016 constitute the largest release of seismic energy in Italy in 36 years, since the 1980 Irpinia earthquake. Consequently, this is a unique opportunity to investigate a large continental seismic sequence in Italy in the modern instrumental era; the October events are amongst the best instrumented earthquakes to-date, due to the rapid deployment of instrumentation and tasking of satellites following the first earthquake in August. These earthquakes have generated a wealth of new data and will consequently yield important scientific results that will allow better understanding of (1) surface processes associated with moderate to strong earthquakes on normal faults, (2) the dynamics of seismic sequences and stress interaction across fault networks (3), the role of pre-existing structures in fault kinematics. Potential contributions could address, for example, the links between coseismic deformation and the long term surface displacement, the relationship between active normal faults and pre-existing thrust faults, fault interaction and stress release during earthquake sequences or temporal and spatial earthquake clustering.



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