Dr. Gian Paolo Cimellaro
Visiting Professor in the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and
Assistant Professor in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino)

L`Aquila Earthquake in Italy


On April 6, 2009, a M6.3 earthquake struck Italy with an epicenter near the city of L’Aquila at about 3:32 am local time. The earthquake occurred in the Appennine mountain belt as a result of normal faulting in the northwest-southeast direction. The event lasted for 20 seconds, killing 294 people and leaving approximately 29,000 people homeless. The earthquake was felt in neighboring regions and in the capital Rome. The region experienced many foreshocks beginning in January 2009, with 100 shocks of modest intensity, followed by a seismic event of magnitude 4.0 on March 30th. Two aftershocks of the same intensity as the one on April 6th were recorded over the following days. Construction in the region is mostly masonry buildings, very old and degraded, and built without following seismic codes and standards. The house dorm of the University of L’Aquila collapsed and the students inside died as a result. Many historical churches of the 13th century like the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio were seriously damaged.


Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


02:30 PM EDT

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