On 6 April 2009, at 01:32 GMT, an Mw 6.3 seismic event hit the central Apennines, severely damaging the town of L'Aquila and dozens of neighboring villages and resulting in approximately 300 casualties (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, http://www.ingv.it; MedNet, http://mednet.rm.ingv.it/procedure/events/QRCMT/090406_013322/qrcmt.html). This earthquake was the strongest in central Italy since the devastating 1915 Fucino event (Mw 7.0). The INGV national seismic network located the hypocenter 5 km southwest of L'Aquila, 8–9 km deep. Based on this information and on the seismotectonic framework of the region, earthquake geologists traveled to the field to identify possible surface faulting...

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