Historical Seismology

Volume 2 of the series Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences pp 93-129

Investigation of pre-1700 Earthquakes Between the Adda and the Middle Adige River Basins (Southern Alps)

  • M. StucchiAffiliated withIstituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
  • , F. Galadini
  • , A. Rovida
  • , A. Moroni
  • , P. Albini
  • , C. Mirto
  • , P. MigliavaccaAffiliated withIstituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

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While the seismicity of the Southern Alps is high in the Eastern sector, corresponding to the Veneto and Friuli regions, it decreases towards West up to the Adda River. In the sector between the Lessini Mts. and Eastern Friuli the damaging earthquakes are clustered in a well defined seismic belt, where seismogenic sources responsible for earthquakes with Mw 6 have been defined in recent works. In contrast, the knowledge of the Southalpine sector West of this area is sparser; the area experienced some earthquakes with Mw>5.5 and varied events with 4.8⩽Mw⩽ 5.5 the distribution of which is, apparently, random.