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Ancient and medieval earthquakes in the area of L'Aquila (northwestern Abruzzo, central Italy), A.D. 1-1500; a critical revision of the historical and archaeological data

Emanuela Guidoboni, Alberto Comastri, Dante Mariotti, Cecilia Ciuccarelli and Maria Giovanna Bianchi
Ancient and medieval earthquakes in the area of L'Aquila (northwestern Abruzzo, central Italy), A.D. 1-1500; a critical revision of the historical and archaeological data
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (August 2012) 102 (4): 1600-1617

Abstract

This historical seismology study examines and supplements what is currently known from written sources and archaeological literature about the earthquakes that took place in the area of L'Aquila (central Italy), struck by a damaging earthquake on 6 April 2009 (M (sub w) 6.3), from the ancient Roman period to the late Middle Ages (first through fifteenth century A.D.). The persistence and magnitude of earthquakes in this area has had a strong bearing on the economy and culture of the communities that resided there, a fact borne out by historical accounts. The goal of this revision is to prompt thinking about earthquakes missing from the hazard estimates as well as on return periods for destructive earthquakes in the area. It presents a critical collation of data previously scattered among historical catalogs and writings. Ten earthquakes are examined for their historical and cultural background with a view to highlighting the existence of written sources and explaining both the quality of the available data and the information shortfall. We also show the limits and uncertainty of the information available, coming as it does from tersely written texts giving patchy coverage. This state of knowledge is due either to sources being lost or in certain centuries not being produced (there is a millennium of "lost" earthquakes) and to the present state of historical and archaeological research in this field. The historical and archaeological data we present are often poor/hard to quantify. Yet they are known and hence pose the problem of how to improve the earthquake catalogs and devise new quantitative approaches to hazard estimation based on multi-disciplinary dialog.


ISSN: 0037-1106
EISSN: 1943-3573
Coden: BSSAAP
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Serial Volume: 102
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Ancient and medieval earthquakes in the area of L'Aquila (northwestern Abruzzo, central Italy), A.D. 1-1500; a critical revision of the historical and archaeological data
Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna, Italy
Pages: 1600-1617
Published: 201208
Text Language: English
Publisher: Seismological Society of America, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 87
Accession Number: 2013-009310
Categories: Quaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch maps
N41°40'00" - N42°55'00", E13°00'00" - E14°48'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Seismological Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201307
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