The Mw 6.3 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in the Italian Abruzzi Mountains occurred on 6 April at 3:33 local time (Chiaraluce et al., 2010; Di Luccio and Pino, 2010). The earthquake caused widespread damage in the city of L’Aquila and the surrounding villages. Official sources reported 307 casualties and some 1500+ injured persons and 65,000+ homeless. This earthquake is one of the best‐recorded normal‐faulting events, and it is the first significant earthquake that directly struck a highly populated Italian city in the last 100 years. Published works abound on the source mechanism (Herrmann et al....

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