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Authors: Berardi, R.*
Mendez, A.*
Mucciarelli, M.*
Pacor, F.*
Longhi, G.*
Petrungaro, C.*
Title: On the modeling of strong motion parameters and correlation with historical macroseismic data: an application to the 1915 Avezzano earthquake
Issue Date: Nov-1995
Series/Report no.: 38/5_6
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/1774
Keywords: Fucino area (Central Italy)
isochron
envelope
extended fault
macroseismic intensity
strong ground motion
Abstract: This article describes the results of a ground motion modeling study of the 1915 Avezzano earthquake. The goal was to test assuinptions regarding the rupture process of this earthquake by attempting to model the damage to historical monuments and populated habitats during the earthquake. The methodology used combines stochastic and deterministic modeling techniques to synthesize strong ground motion, starting from a simple characterization of the earthquake source on an extended fault plane. The stochastic component of the methodology is used to simulate high-frequency ground motion oscillations. The envelopes of these synthetic waveforms, however, are simulated in a deterministic way based on the isochron formulation for the calculation of radiated seismic energy. Synthetic acceleration time histories representative of ground motion experienced at the towns of Avezzano, Celano, Ortucchio, and Sora are then analyzed in terms of the damage to historical buildings at these sites. The article also discusses how the same methodology can be adapted to efficiently evaluate various strong motion parameters such as duration and amplitude of ground shaking, at several hundreds of surface sites and as a function of rupture process. The usefulness of such a technique is illustrated through the inodeling of intensity data from the Avezzano earthquake. One of the most interesting results is that it is possible to distinguish between different rupture scenarios for the 1915 earthquake based on the goodness of fit of theoretical intensities to observed values.
Appears in Collections:04.06.99. General or miscellaneous
Annals of Geophysics

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