The Italian seismic catalog (Rovida et al., 2011) portrays a significant gap of seismicity in the Pollino Range area, the southernmost segment of the southern Apennines at the boundary with the Calabrian arc. In this region, the only significant seismic event of the instrumental era occurred in 1998 north of the Pollino Range (Mw 5.6, Fig. 1). No seismic event with intensity greater than VIII on the Mercalli–Cancani–Sieberg (MCS) scale is present in the historical records, whereas strong earthquakes occurred immediately north (1836 M 6.0; 1857 M 7.0) and south (1184 M 6.7; 1836...

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