On 6 April 2009, 01:32:40 UTC, an Mw 6.3 earthquake occurred in the Abruzzo region (central Italy), close to L'Aquila, a town of 68,500 inhabitants. About 300 people died because of the collapse of many residential and public buildings, and damage was widespread in L'Aquila and its neighboring municipalities.

The earthquake occurred at 9.5 km depth along a NW-SW normal fault with SW dip, located below the city of L'Aquila (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia [INGV] 2009a). The maximum observed intensity is IX–X in the MCS scale and the most relevant damages are distributed in the...

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