Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Brief communication
23 Nov 2022
Brief communication |  | 23 Nov 2022

Brief communication: The crucial assessment of possible significant vertical movements preceding the 28 December 1908, Mw = 7.1, Messina Straits earthquake

Nicola Alessandro Pino

Data sets

Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level PSMSL

Short summary
The 1908 Messina Straits earthquake is one of the most severe seismic catastrophes in human history and is periodically back in the public discussion because of a project of building a bridge across the Straits. Some models proposed for the fault assume precursory subsidence preceding the quake, resulting in a structure significantly different from the previously debated ones and important hazard implications. The analysis of the historical sea level data allows the rejection of this hypothesis.
Final-revised paper