The seismic microzonation of level 3 of Sant’Agata Fossili (northern Italy) based on a multidisciplinary approach

Giuseppe Di Capua, Massimo Compagnoni, Giuseppe Di Giulio, Marco Marchetti, Giuliano Milana, Silvia Peppoloni, Floriana Pergalani, Vincenzo Sapia


In this paper the results of a detailed seismic microzonation, performed at Sant’Agata Fossili (Piemonte region, northern Italy) are presented. We study the local seismic response of this small village using a level 3, that is the most accurate level following the Italian code of seismic microzonation. The activity steps consist in a gradual widening of knowledge of the different aspects of the amplification phenomena. A multidisciplinary approach has been performed to obtain the local seismic response: including a study of local geology, geophysical and geotechnical characterization of the lithologies, and numerical and experimental analyses. We finally compare the obtained elastic response spectra to the prescribed spectra of the Italian Building Code (in Italian: Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni). Our results show the geologic and geophysical differences of the subsoil, that produce different local seismic response in terms of amplification factors and acceleration response spectra.


Seismic microzoning; Amplification factors; Elastic acceleration response spectra; Seismic refraction; Electrical resistivity tomography; HVSR; MASW; Down-Hole; Italian Building Code

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X