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Authors: Fah, D.* 
Iodice, C.* 
Suhadolc, P.* 
Panza, G. F.* 
Title: Application of numerical simulations for a tentative seismic microzonation of the city of Rome
Issue Date: Nov-1995
Series/Report no.: 5-6/38 (1995)
Keywords: Rome
wave-propagation modelling
seismic strong ground motion
seismic microzonation
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.10. Instruments and techniques 
04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.11. Seismic risk 
Abstract: A hybrid technique, based on mode summation and finite differences, was used to silnulate the ground motion induced in the city of Rome by possible earthquakes occurring in the main seisrnogenetic areas surrounding the city: the Central Apennines and the Alban Hills. The results of the numerical simulations are used for a seismic inicrozonation in the city of Rome, which can be used for the retrofitting of buildings of special social and cultural value. On the basis of our analysis Rome can be divided into six main zones: (1) the edges and (2) the central part of the alluvial basin of the River Tiber; (3) the edges and (4) the central part of the Paleotiber basin; the areas outside the large basins of the Tiber and Paleotiber, where we distinguish between (5) areas without, and (6) areas with a layer of volcanic rocks close to the surface. The strongest amplification effects have to be expected at the edges of the Tiber basin, with maximum spectral amplification of the order of 5 to 6, and strong arnplifications occur inside the entire alluvial basin of the Tiber. The presence of a near-surface layer of rigid material is not sufficient to classify a location as a <<hard-rock site>> when the rigid material covers a sedimentary complex. The reason is that the underlying sedimentary complex causes amplifications at the surface due to resonance effects. This phenomenon can be observed in the Paleotiber basin, where spectral amplifications in the frequency range 0.4-1.0 Hz reach values of the order of 3 to 4.
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