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A database of the coseismic effects following the 30 October 2016 Norcia earthquake in Central Italy

Fig. 1
Simplified structural scheme of the central Apennines inner zone, showing the main Quaternary normal faults (black lines, tick on downthrown side), Miocene-Pliocene thrusts (blue lines), the location of the M>5 events of the 2016-2017 seismic sequence, together with their focal mechanisms (available at The thin red lines are the mapped coseismic surface ruptures following the 30 October 2015 Mw 6.5 Norcia earthquake along which the data on coseismic ruptures discussed in this paper have been collected.

Villani F., R. Civico, S. Pucci, L. Pizzimenti, R. Nappi, P.M. De Martini, and the Open EMERGEO Working Group (F. Villani, R. Civico, S. Pucci, L. Pizzimenti, R. Nappi, P.M. De Martini, F. Agosta, G. Alessio, L. Alfonsi, M. Amanti, S. Amoroso, D. Aringoli, E. Auciello, R. Azzaro, S. Baize, S. Bello, L. Benedetti, A. Bertagnini, G. Binda, M. Bisson, A.M. Blumetti, L. Bonadeo, P. Boncio, P. Bornemann, S. Branca, T. Braun, F. Brozzetti, C.A. Brunori, P. Burrato, M. Caciagli, C. Campobasso, M. Carafa, F.R. Cinti, D. Cirillo, V. Comerci, L. Cucci, R. De Ritis, G. Deiana, P. Del Carlo, L. Del Rio, A. Delorme, P. Di Manna, D. Di Naccio, L. Falconi, E. Falcucci, P. Farabollini, J.P. Faure Walker, F. Ferrarini, M.F. Ferrario, M. Ferry, N. Feuillet, J. Fleury, U. Fracassi, C. Frigerio, F. Galluzzo, R. Gambillara, G. Gaudiosi, H. Goodall, S. Gori, L.C. Gregory, L. Guerrieri, S. Hailemikael, J. Hollingsworth, F. Iezzi, C. Invernizzi, D. Jablonská, E. Jacques, H. Jomard, V. Kastelic, Y. Klinger, G. Lavecchia, F. Leclerc, F. Liberi, A. Lisi, F. Livio, L. Lo Sardo, J.P. Malet, M.T. Mariucci, M. Materazzi, L. Maubant, F. Mazzarini, K.J.W. McCaffrey, A.M. Michetti, Z.K. Mildon, P. Montone, M. Moro, R. Nave, M. Odin, B. Pace, S. Paggi, N. Pagliuca, G. Pambianchi, D. Pantosti, A. Patera, E. Pérouse, G. Pezzo, L. Piccardi, P.P. Pierantoni, M. Pignone, S. Pinzi, E. Pistolesi, J. Point, L. Pousse, A. Pozzi, M. Proposito, C. Puglisi, I. Puliti, T. Ricci, L. Ripamonti, M. Rizza, G.P. Roberts, M. Roncoroni, V. Sapia, M. Saroli, A. Sciarra, O. Scotti, G. Skupinski, A. Smedile, A. Soquet, G. Tarabusi, S. Tarquini, S. Terrana, J. Tesson, E. Tondi, A. Valentini, R. Vallone, J. Van der Woerd, P. Vannoli, A. Venuti, E. Vittori, T. Volatili, L.N.J. Wedmore, M. Wilkinson, M. Zambrano) (2018).
Scientific Data, 5, doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.49.


We provide a database of the coseismic geological surface effects following the Mw 6.5 Norcia earthquake that hit central Italy on 30 October 2016. This was one of the strongest seismic events to occur in Europe in the past thirty years, causing complex surface ruptures over an area of >400 km2. The database originated from the collaboration of several European teams (Open EMERGEO Working Group; about 130 researchers) coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. The observations were collected by performing detailed field surveys in the epicentral region in order to describe the geometry and kinematics of surface faulting, and subsequently of landslides and other secondary coseismic effects. The resulting database consists of homogeneous georeferenced records identifying 7323 observation points, each of which contains 18 numeric and string fields of relevant information. This database will impact future earthquake studies focused on modelling of the seismic processes in active extensional settings, updating probabilistic estimates of slip distribution, and assessing the hazard of surface faulting.