This note focuses on the true and perceived responsibilities for the recent earthquake losses in central Italy and on the status of seismic zoning in our country.

The 6 April 2009, Mw 6.3 earthquake near L'Aquila (central Italy) was a standard Apenninic event: its magnitude, depth, and focal mechanism are consistent with the seismotectonic features of the area; historical earthquakes occurred in the same area with comparable characteristics, including a long-lasting sequence of foreshocks and aftershocks; strong ground motions seem to match well with existing predictive relationships; and the seismic hazard reaches the highest levels for Italy both on conventional...

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