On 20 May 2012, at 02:03:52 GMT, an earthquake with Mw 6.1 (Regional Centroid Moment Tensor [RCMT]; http://www.bo.ingv.it/RCMT) occurred in northern Italy striking a densely populated area. The mainshock was followed a few hours later by two severe aftershocks having the same local magnitude (ML 5.1, Fig. 1a), and by hundreds of smaller aftershocks. Nine days later, on 29 May, at 07:00:03 GMT, a second event with moment magnitude Mw 6.0 (RCMT; http://www.bo.ingv.it/RCMT) occurred to the west, on an adjacent fault segment. This event was also followed by hundreds of aftershocks, three of...

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