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Authors: Favalli, M.*
Tarquini, S.*
Fornaciai, A.*
Boschi, E.*
Title: A new approach to risk assessment of lava flow at Mount Etna
Title of journal: Geology
Series/Report no.: 12/37 (2009)
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Issue Date: Dec-2009
DOI: 10.1130/G30187A.1
Keywords: Lava flows
Volcanic risk
Mount Etna
Abstract: Destruction of human property by lava flow invasion is a significant volcanic hazard at Mount Etna (Italy), where reliable risk maps are important for risk mitigation. We present new high-resolution quantitative risk maps of Mount Etna that are based on lava flow simulations starting from more than 70,000 different potential vents, a probability distribution of vent location, an empirical relationship for the maximum length of lava flows, and a database of buildings. In addition to standard risk maps, which classify areas according to the expected damage at each point, we classify each point of the volcano with respect to the damage that would occur if a vent opened at that point. The resulting maps should help local authorities in making the necessary decisions to deal with ongoing eruptions and to plan long-term land use.
Appears in Collections:05.08.99. General or miscellaneous
04.08.08. Volcanic risk
04.08.06. Volcano monitoring
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