On April 6th, 2009, at 03:33 local time, Mw 6.3 shock woke up millions of people in central Italy, including Rome and many other towns from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coasts, in Abruzzo, Latium, Umbria, Marche and Molise. Immediately we realized it was the strongest shaking we had ever experienced, and we thought of a tragedy in the epicentral area. Indeed, the town of L’Aquila and its ∼70,000 inhabitants were sleeping right above the fault rupturing that night. More than half of the buildings of the city centre were severely damaged, many collapsed (some of which of...

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