L’Aquila 6th April 2009 Earthquake: Emergency and Post-emergency Activities on Cultural Heritage Buildings

  • Claudio ModenaEmail author
  • Filippo Casarin
  • Francesca da Porto
  • Marco Munari
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 17)


The earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region on 6th April 2009 at 3:32 a.m., had its epicentre in the capital of the region, L’Aquila, and seriously affected a wide area around the city, where many historic towns and villages are found. Due to the strategic importance of L’Aquila, a strong and organized civil protection action was necessary to face the emergency. In addition, the structural damage on historic buildings and centres was enormous. Therefore, it was necessary to carry out specific actions aimed at the safeguard of this heritage. These can be shortly listed as: set up of the organizational and decisional structure, damage surveys, temporary interventions to provide the minimum safety conditions, set up of a monitoring plan for some important monuments, set up of a methodology to intervene on complex and connected buildings in the historic centres, definition of adequate materials and techniques to intervene on the damaged buildings.


Seismic Event Provisional Intervention Masonry Wall Masonry Building Historic Building 
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The authors wish to thank all the researchers, collaborators, Ph.D. candidates and students for their significant help during the activities in L’Aquila. The activity was supported by ReLUIS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Modena
    • 1
    Email author
  • Filippo Casarin
    • 1
  • Francesca da Porto
    • 1
  • Marco Munari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Structural and Transportation EngineeringUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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