A microseismic study in a low seismicityarea: the 2001 site-response experimentin the Città di Castello Basin (Italy)

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P. Bordoni
G. Cultrera
L. Margheriti
P. Augliera
G. Caielli
M. Cattaneo
R. De Franco
A. Michelini
D. Spallarossa


A site response experiment was performed in the basin of Città di Castello (a small town in Central Italy) in May 2001. This study is part of a project on the evaluation of seismic hazard in seismogenic areas funded by
the Gruppo Nazionale Difesa dai Terremoti (GNDT). The experiment consisted of a dense fixed transect configuration
with most of the stations recording in continuous mode, and several ambient noise measurements
both in single station and in array configuration spread over the investigated area. The dense transect was composed of 26 seismic stations in a crosswise configuration with a maximum inter-station distance of 250 m. The stations were deployed in the southern part of the basin, from the eastern bedrock outcrop to the western
edge, across the town. About 70 earthquakes were recorded during 10 days of deployment, generally low magnitude or regional events. We located 23 earthquakes and 17 of them were located using the waveform similarity approach at 4 stations outside the target area. These 4 stations were part of a dense temporary seismic network involved in a previous experiment of the same project, aimed at performing a high-resolution picture of the local seismicity. Delay analysis on the recorded waveforms allowed us to infer the basin geometry at depth and estimate the S-wave velocity of sediments. Moreover, we evaluated relative site response along the E-W transect by performing a standard spectral ratio. Amplification factors up to 9 are found inside the basin; at frequencies above 5 Hz stations closer to the edges show higher amplification, whereas stations located in the middle of the basin, where the alluvial sediments are thicker (CD11-CD14), show higher amplification below 5 Hz. We considered the average amplification in two frequency bands (1-5 Hz and 5-10 Hz), representative of the resonance frequency for 2-3 storey buildings and 1 storey houses,respectively. Our results suggest that the potential hazard for 2-3 storey buildings is higher in the center of the basin (amplification factor up to 6), and for 1 storey houses is higher at the edges (amplification factor up to 5).

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Bordoni, P., Cultrera, G., Margheriti, L., Augliera, P., Caielli, G., Cattaneo, M., De Franco, R., Michelini, A. and Spallarossa, D. (2009) “A microseismic study in a low seismicityarea: the 2001 site-response experimentin the Città di Castello Basin (Italy)”, Annals of Geophysics, 46(6). doi: 10.4401/ag-3478.

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