National Civil Protection Organization and technical activities in the 2012 Emilia earthquakes (Italy)

Abstract

On May 2012, a severe seismic sequence occurred in the central part of the Po Plain (Northern Italy). It was characterized by two main shocks displaying local magnitudes 5.9 (on May 20th) and 5.8 (on May 29th), respectively; the maximum observed intensity was VII–VIII on the MCS scale. The emergency response was coordinated as usual by the Department of Civil Protection (DPC), within the general framework provided by the components and operational structures of the National Civil Protection Service. In addition to the search and rescue and to the population assistance activities, many technical activities were carried out to support the civil protection management of the recovery phase. Among these, mentioning is deserved by: the acquisition and dissemination of the accelerometric data from the National Accelerometric Network and the Seismic Observatory of the Structures, owned and operated by DPC; the evaluation of the liquefaction phenomena; the damage and building safety assessment; the regulations for the seismic safety assessment of industrial buildings, aimed at a rapid re-establishment of the productive activities; the actions undertaken following the evaluations by the Grandi Rischi Commission on the possible evolution of the seismic sequence. All these aspects will be examined under a civil protection perspective.

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Dolce, M., Di Bucci, D. National Civil Protection Organization and technical activities in the 2012 Emilia earthquakes (Italy). Bull Earthquake Eng 12, 2231–2253 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10518-014-9597-x

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Keywords

  • Earthquake
  • Civil Protection
  • Emergency Management
  • Damage
  • Italy