Environmental Earth Sciences

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First assessment of the local seismic amplification susceptibility of the Isernia Province (Molise Region, Southern Italy) by the integration of geological and geomorphological studies related to the first level seismic microzonation project

  • Pietro Patrizio Ciro Aucelli
  • Gianluigi Di Paola
  • Ettore Valente
  • Vincenzo Amato
  • Vito Bracone
  • Massimo Cesarano
  • Giuseppe Di Capua
  • Vittoria Scorpio
  • Andrea Capalbo
  • Gerardo Pappone
  • Fabio Ravera
  • Carmen Maria Rosskopf
Original Article

Abstract

This paper presents the results of the geological and geomorphological investigation carried out during the first level seismic microzonation project in the Isernia Province territory. The study area falls in one of the most seismically active areas of the Apennine chain and it has been struck, in historical times, by destructive earthquakes that caused several causalities and diffuse damages to the buildings. The analysis points out the occurrence of geological features that can determine possible site amplification phenomena related to areas with extensive outcrops of thick continental deposits or to unstable areas (both covering about 48% of the investigated areas). The latter are sometimes combined with geomorphological features such as scarps, isolated peaks, and ridges that are also responsible for possible site amplification. In addition, a susceptibility to local seismic amplification index has been introduced which highlights that more than 64% of the investigated area, along with a significant percentage of buildings, fall within the highest categories of susceptibility to local seismic amplification.

Keywords

Seismic microzonation Susceptibility to local seismic amplification GIS analysis Site effects Southern Italy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the technical, seismic, and geological office of Molise Region and to the Regional Agency of Civil Protection for having supported all the working phases by sharing their geological datasets, cartographic products, and with fruitful discussions. A relevant contribution also comes from the professional commitments of freelance geologists under contract regarding the acquisition and storing of cartographic, geological, and geotechnical data. The study was supported by funds of the Molise Region relative to the Project “Study of the area of the Province of Isernia addressed at the knowledge and characterization of the geological and geomorphological aspects of the more anthropized sites and of the related hydrogeological and seismic risk issues,” CUP: H31J11000190002.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pietro Patrizio Ciro Aucelli
    • 1
  • Gianluigi Di Paola
    • 2
  • Ettore Valente
    • 2
  • Vincenzo Amato
    • 2
  • Vito Bracone
    • 2
  • Massimo Cesarano
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Di Capua
    • 4
  • Vittoria Scorpio
    • 5
  • Andrea Capalbo
    • 2
  • Gerardo Pappone
    • 1
  • Fabio Ravera
    • 2
  • Carmen Maria Rosskopf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Naples “Parthenope”NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Biosciences and TerritoryUniversity of MolisePescheItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering, IGAG-CNRRomeItaly
  4. 4.INGVRomeItaly
  5. 5.Faculty of Science and TechnologyFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly

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