The 24 August 2016 Amatrice earthquake: macroseismic survey in the damage area and EMS intensity assessment

QUEST W.G. :, Raffaele Azzaro, Andrea Tertulliani, Filippo Bernardini, Romano Camassi, Sergio Del Mese, Emanuela Ercolani, Laura Graziani, Mario Locati, Alessandra Maramai, Vera Pessina, Antonio Rossi, Andrea Rovida, Paola Albini, Luca Arcoraci, Michele Berardi, Christian Bignami, Beatriz Brizuela, Corrado Castellano, Viviana Castelli, Salvatore D'Amico, Vera D'Amico, Antonio Fodarella, Ilaria Leschiutta, Alessandro Piscini, Manuela Sbarra


The 24 August 2016 earthquake very heavily struck the central sector of the Apennines among the Lazio,Umbria, Marche and Abruzzi regions, devastating the town of Amatrice, the nearby villages and other localities along the Tronto valley. In this paper we present the results of the macroseismic field survey carried out using the European Macroseismic Scale (EMS) to take the heterogeneity of the building stock into account. We focused on the epicentral area, where geological conditions may also have contributed to the severity of damage. On the whole, we investigated 143 localities; the maximum intensity 10 EMS has been estimated for Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and some villages in between. The severely damaged area (8-9 EMS) covers a strip trending broadly N-S and extending 15 km in length and 5 km in width; minor damage occurred over an area up to 35 km northward from the epicenter.


Macroseismic survey; EMS intensity; Amatrice 2016 earthquake

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