Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/7953
AuthorsMontone, P.* 
Mariucci, M. T.* 
Pierdominici, S.* 
TitleThe Italian present-day stress map
Issue Date2012
Series/Report no./189 (2012)
DOI10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05391.x
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/7953
KeywordsDownhole methods; Seismicity and tectonics; Crustal structure; Europe.
borehole breakouts, earthquakes, faults
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.07. Tectonophysics::04.07.05. Stress 
AbstractIn this paper, we present a significant update of the Italian present-day stress data compilation not only to improve the knowledge on the tectonic setting of the region or to constrain future geodynamic models, but also to understand the mechanics of processes linked to faulting and earthquakes. In this paper, we have analysed, revised and collected new contemporary stress data from borehole breakouts and we have assembled earthquake and fault data. In total, 206 new quality-ranked entries complete the definition of the horizontal stress orientation and tectonic regime in some areas, and bring new information mainly in Sicily and along the Apenninic belt. Now the global Italian data set consists of 715 data points, including 499 of A–C quality, representing an increase of 37 per cent compared to the previous compilation. The alignment of horizontal stresses measured in some regions, closely matches the ∼N–S first- order stress field orientation of ongoing relative crustal motions between Eurasia and Africa plates. The Apenninic belt shows a diffuse extensional stress regime indicating a ∼NE–SW direction of extension, that we interpret as related to a second-order stress field. The horizontal stress rotations observed in peculiar areas reflect a complex interaction between first-order stress field and local effects revealing the importance of the tectonic structure orientations. In particular, in Sicily the new data delineate a more complete tectonic picture evidencing adjacent areas characterized by distinct stress regime: northern offshore of Sicily and in the Hyblean plateau the alignment of horizontal stresses is consistent with the crustal motions, whereas different directions have been observed along the belt and foredeep.
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