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|Authors: ||Anzidei, M.*|
|Title of journal: ||Annals of Geophysics|
|Series/Report no.: ||/ 55 (2014)|
|Issue Date: ||31-Dec-2012|
|Abstract: ||The seismic sequence that struck Emilia area (northern Italy) on May-June 2012 represented an important
case study for scientists involved in the Earth sciences. Multidisciplinary and multiparametric datasets were
collected from the beginning of the seismic sequence. Geological, geochemical and geophysical data
were rapidly analyzed, to identify the seismogenic structures, to define the level of damage, and to study
the effects on the environment, with the ultimate goal being to better understand earthquakes and
to provide new knowledge for civil protection applications.
The need to share these preliminary data among scientists and to inform people and the media about
the causes and effects of the earthquake in a short time has been strongly felt. On this basis, the Istituto
Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) launched the idea of publishing a special issue of the Annals
of Geophysics in a new kind of format, as 'Letters' (fast track papers), to allow scientists to quickly publish
the preliminary results of their findings.
Therefore, this first issue of the Annals of Geophysics 'Letters', entitled The Emilia (northern Italy) seismic
sequence of May-June, 2012: preliminary data and results, is entirely dedicated to this dramatic seismic sequence,
with papers freely available on line at http://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/, for rapid diffusion of these
scientific results through a peer-reviewed journal.
In this issue, the readers will find preliminary data and the first scientific interpretations of the spatial and
temporal evolution of this seismic sequence, the responsible faults, the surface geological effects, the crustal
deformation, and the new estimates of seismic hazard for the Padana Plain. All of this large amount
of information is collected in 42 brief, but exhaustive, papers. The initial papers introduce the reader
to the northern Italy geological and geophysical features, with particular emphasis on the Emilia region.
The following papers refer to data acquisition and analysis of seismological, geological, geodetic, InSar
and geochemical data, all pointing to different geophysical aspects of the earthquake.
This issue then concludes with a few articles dealing with the dissemination of information through the
latest channels of media communication. We would also like to emphasize the heterogeneity of this issue,
in terms of papers from the INGV (60%) and from non-INGV (40%) experts.
The preparation of a special issue in such a short time has been a great challenge, and it would have been
impossible without the contributions of the many reviewers who enthusiastically supported us. Their work
has been of the utmost importance, and for this reason we wish to sincerely acknowledge more than 60
Italian and 30 foreign scientists who worked hard even during their summer holidays.|
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