A study of local site effects in Benevento(Southern Italy) by the analysis of seismic records of explosions

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G. Iannaccone
L. Improta
G. Biella
M. Castellano
A. Deschamps
R. De Franco
L. Malagnini
L. Mirabile
R. Romeo
A. Zollo


In this paper we evalllate the seismic amplification effects in the town of Benevento llsing records of an explo- sion of 500 kg fired at abollt 7 km. Seismic records were obtained at 43 selected sites in the city by digital three-component stations. A data selection performed on the signal-to-noise ratio reduced the available data to 26 stations. We used the spectral ratio techniques to evaluate the amplification effects of each recording site compared both to the average spectrum calculated over 26 stations and to a reference seismic station. The shapes of the spectral ratios were classified according to the geological characteristics of the site. A characteristic shape of the spectral ratio was observed to be related to the specific structure of the subsoil. In particular, the sites on basin sediments (Lagonegro Unit) and Middle Pleistocene conglomerates failed to show amplification effects; the sites on thick alluvial deposits showed amplification in the 5-9 Hz range; finally, sites on alluvial-lacustrine deposits amplified the seismic signal at frequencies depending on the characteristics and the thickness of the deposit. In addition, damage distribution caused by the 1688 earthquake in Benevento was related to the thickness of the surface layers in the ancient built-up area of the town. The study of the spectral ra- tios showed that these deposits amplify ground motion at frequencies between 9 and 12 Hz, i.e. frequencies close to the natural period of the most widespread buildings at that time in Benevento. Geological and seismic data were jointly used to carry out a zonation of the urban area of Benevento on the basis of homogeneous seismic responses. The validity of this analysis is limited to the main frequency band and amplitude of ground motion produced by the explosions.

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Iannaccone, G., Improta, L., Biella, G., Castellano, M., Deschamps, A., De Franco, R., Malagnini, L., Mirabile, L., Romeo, R. and Zollo, A. (1995) “A study of local site effects in Benevento(Southern Italy) by the analysis of seismic records of explosions”, Annals of Geophysics, 38(3-4). doi: 10.4401/ag-4103.

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