How to Survive Earthquakes: The Example of Norcia
In this paper lessons are extracted from the comparison between the very different consequences that similar earthquakes had on the neighbouring towns of Norcia and Amatrice during the 2016 seismic crisis of central Italy. It was found that the differences in damage were essentially due to the strengthening of most houses in Norcia done during the previous decades. This is also likely to lead to a much faster recover of the economy and livelihood in Norcia, as Amatrice needs to be entirely rebuilt.
KeywordsEarthquake Damage Strengthening
The support of the Civil Protection headquarters (Dicomac – Direzione di comando e controllo – Protezione Civile) and INGV are gratefully acknowledged. The authors also wish to thank to the Sindaco of Norcia, Nicola Alemanno, and the Assessore alla Cultura Giuseppina Perla, for the hospitality and information on the strengthening process of Norcia during the last decades. Special thanks to Agostino Goretti for his suggestions.
This study was financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (Grant agreement ECHO.A.5 (2015) 3916812) – KnowRISK (Know your city, Reduce seISmic risK through non-structural elements).
- KnowRISK (Know your city, Reduce seISmic risK through non-structural elements) (2016–2017) project. Co-financed by European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Grant agreement ECHO/SUB/2015/718655/PREV28Google Scholar
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