Northern Italy (considered as the territory located north of latitude 44° N for this paper; Fig. 1) is situated at the convergence of the northern sector of the Adriatic microplate with the Eurasian plate. It includes the deep (2–8.5 km) sedimentary basin of the Po Plain surrounded by the seismically active structures of the northern Apennines, southern Alps, and northern Dinarides. Present kinematics derived from Global Positioning System measurements (Cenni et al., 2012) indicates a movement of the central–eastern sector in the northeast direction toward the Eurasian plate at a rate of a few millimeters per...

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