Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

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Regional Moment Tensor Review: An Example from the European–Mediterranean Region

  • Silvia Pondrelli
  • Simone Salimbeni
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36197-5_301-1



The seismic moment tensor is the complete mathematical representation of the movement on a fault during an earthquake, comprising of the couples of forces that produced it, the description of the fault geometry, and its size by means of the scalar seismic moment M0.

The computation of seismic moment tensor has become a widely diffused activity because of the relevance of this kind of data in seismotectonic and geodynamic studies and, in more recent times, because it allows obtaining rapid information about a seismic event immediately after its occurrence. This progress has been possible with the advent of modern standardized instruments since the early 1960s, above all of the very broadband seismographic stations that started to record in the late 1970s. Furthermore, time after time, the easier availability of digital data...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaSezione di BolognaItaly