Earthquake Central Apennines (Italy)

On August 24th, 2016 a strong earthquake (M 6.0 – 42.714°N 13.172°E) struck Central Apennines (Italy) at 3.36 a.m. (local time), starting a seismic sequence, which is still acting. The seismic sequence originated about two thousands of aftershocks (with a magnitude up to 5.4). The seismic sequence caused the complete destruction of the historical towns of Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto but also severe damages to smaller villages. Since the first hours after the mainshock a Working Group* of the Research Centre for the Geological Risks – CERI of the Sapienza University of Rome is operating in the field to survey the ground effects induced by the earthquake. Up to now, more than one hundred landslides have been surveyed. These events mainly include rockfalls and rockslides which are distributed over an area within a distance of about 40 km from the mainshock epicenter. Some of these events involved roads but no severe damages were generally produced. The collected data can be viewed in a dedicated section of the Webgis of CEDIT (Italian acronym of “earthquake-induced ground failures in Italy” (Martino et al., 2014 – 10.5194/nhess-14-799-2014). The geolocalization of the surveyed events (cartographic reference system in geographic coordinates WGS84), classified according to the level of interaction with infrastructures, is also available in both .kmz and and .shp formats. The inventory is updated to August 29, 2016. Further updates could follow.


CERI Working Group: S. Martino, P. Caporossi, M. Della Seta, C. Esposito, A. Fantini, M. Fiorucci, R. Iannucci, G.M. Marmoni, P. Mazzanti, S. Moretto, S. Rivellino, R.W. Romeo, P. Sarandrea, F. Troiani, C. Varone.