Assessing active and capable faulting as best practice for post-earthquake reconstruction activities: the Sant’Eutizio Abbey case study, in the epicentral area of the 2016 central Italy seismic sequence

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Deborah Maceroni
Emanuela Falcucci
Stefano Gori
Andrea Motti
Marco Moro
Michele Saroli
Girolamo Dixit Dominus
Fawzi Doumaz
Fabrizio Galadini

Abstract

Surface faulting is, together with strong ground shaking, a hazard associated with major earthquake


faults. Assessing surface faulting potential of a given active tectonic structure is a fundamental


prerequisite to adequately plan the use of territories and to perform new constructions, in order


to act practices aimed to mitigate the associated risk. Assessing the surface faulting potential


represents also ground for correctly performing re-construction and retrofitting of buildings and


infrastructures during post-earthquake activities. We investigated a branch of a major seismogenic


normal fault in the central Apennines of Italy, the Campi-Preci fault, along which the monumental


Sant’Eutizio Abbey is located. The medieval Abbey is one of the most important cultural/religious


edifices of the central Apennines, heavily damaged by the MW 6.5 October 30, 2016, earthquake,


focused a few km to the south. Our study, based on field geological, geomorphological and structural


survey and trenching investigations revealed that I) the trace of the Campi-Preci active fault


branch is not actually located where presently reported in the available literature, II) the supposed


morpho-tectonic features (basically, some km-long scarp carved on the Meso-Cenozoic carbonate


bedrock), that suggested the presence of the fault segment in the area of the Sant’Eutizio Abbey,


are not related to the active fault but are probably associated to a presently inactive reverse fault


and III) the Sant’Eutizio Abbey is likely not potentially affected by primary surface faulting. Our


work highlights that only a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach allows to correctly assess


surface faulting potential in both seismotectonic and engineering perspectives.

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Maceroni D, Falcucci E, Gori S, Motti A, Moro M, Saroli M, Dixit Dominus G, Doumaz F, Galadini F. Assessing active and capable faulting as best practice for post-earthquake reconstruction activities: the Sant’Eutizio Abbey case study, in the epicentral area of the 2016 central Italy seismic sequence. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2022Mar.24 [cited 2022Jul.5];65(1):SE105. Available from: https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/view/8793
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Seismology

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