Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 3177–3180, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-3177-2012
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 3177–3180, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-3177-2012

Brief communication 23 Oct 2012

Brief communication | 23 Oct 2012

Brief communication "Ground failure and liquefaction phenomena triggered by the 20 May 2012 Emilia-Romagna (Northern Italy) earthquake: case study of Sant'Agostino–San Carlo–Mirabello zone"

R. Caputo1 and G. Papathanassiou2 R. Caputo and G. Papathanassiou
  • 1Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • 2Department of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract. The basic aim of this study was to observe and report the earthquake-induced ground deformation of the MW = 6.1 Emilia-Romagna (Northern Italy) event that occurred on the 20 May 2012. The event caused widespread structural damages in a large area of the Po Plain, while the most characteristic geological effects were ground failure, lateral spreading and liquefaction. This post-earthquake reconnaissance report focuses on secondary effects within the area between the villages of Sant'Agostino, San Carlo and Mirabello located along a former reach of the Reno River. Our field observations started just few hours after the main shock until the 28 May 2012.

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