Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/11375
Authors: Camassi, Romano* 
Castelli, Viviana* 
Title: The Curious Case of the 1346 Earthquake Recorded Only by Very Young Chroniclers
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Series/Report no.: 6/84 (2013)
DOI: 10.1785/0220130063
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/11375
Keywords: Historical seismology
1346 earthquake
Emilia Romagna
Fake earthquakes
Subject Classification04.06. Seismology 
Abstract: The earthquakes of May–June 2012 affected a heavily popu- lated stretch of country on the northeastern border of the Italian administrative region of Emilia Romagna, which is an area of industrial districts that account for up to 2% of Italy’s gross domestic product and the seismicity of which had been, up till then, considered comparatively moderate. Understandably enough, the 2012 earthquakes had great resonance in the media and effect on public opinion. At the present time the Po Valley earthquakes of May–June 2012 are acknowledged as the strongest ones in the known seismic history of the area. For some years before, a major candidate for this distinction was the earthquake of 22 February 1346. An authoritative study (Boschi et al., 1997) credited the 1346 event with a 6.7 mag- nitude value that earmarked it as potentially one of the strong- est historical earthquakes of Northern Italy. Later on, successive revisions of this study (Boschi et al., 2000; Guidoboni et al., 2007) did noticeably alter the epicentral location and estimated energy of the 1346 earthquake, but without explaining why these alterations had become necessary. In the wake of the May–June 2012 earthquakes the seismic history of the area became an object of great interest for historical seismologists. In this context the historical data set collected by previous studies on the 1346 earthquake was subjected to a thorough review and new information was sought. This paper presents the results of the investigation, which suggests the strong possibility that the 22 February 1346 earthquake never did happen at all.
Appears in Collections:Papers Published / Papers in press

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Camassi Castelli 2013.pdfPdf of published paper636.28 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Page view(s)

6
Last Week
0
Last month
0
checked on Nov 18, 2018

Download(s)

3
checked on Nov 18, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric