A sequence of thousands of small to moderate earthquakes has been occurring since spring 2010 in the Pollino Mountains area, southern Italy (Fig. 1), where a seismic gap was previously hypothesized by paleoseismological evidence associated with the lack of major earthquakes in historical catalogs (Michetti et al., 2000; Cinti et al., 2002). Seismic activity is in progress at the time of writing of this paper (December 2012) after quite a disturbing long‐term acceleration of earthquake rate and strain release (Fig. 1b). The strongest earthquake (ML 5.0 according to the Italian Seismological...

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