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Authors: Rotondi, R.* 
Tertulliani, A.* 
Brambilla, C.* 
Zonno, G.* 
Title: The intensity attenuation of Colfiorito and other strong earthquakes: the viewpoint of forecasters and data gatherers
Journal: Annals of Geophysics 
Series/Report no.: 2-3/51 (2008)
Publisher: Compositori BO
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Keywords: Attenuation – Forecast – Macroseismic intensity – Seismic scenario – Validation criteria.
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.02. Earthquake interactions and probability 
Abstract: This article has been originated by thoughts on previous analyses related to the proba- bilistic treatment of the macroseismic attenuation, from which it turns out that in Italian territory the intensity decay I varies greatly from one region to another, depending on many factors, some of them not easily measurable. By applying a clustering algorithm we classified some macroseismic fields drawn from the Italian felt report database in three classes. Earthquakes into the same class constituted the input of a two-step procedure for the Bayesian estimation of the probability distribution of I at any distance from the epicenter, conditioned on I0, where I is considered an integer, random variable, following a binomial distribution. The estimated distributions were validated by forecasting the macroseismic field of the Colfiorito earthquake. In this article we deal with the issues left open by those statistical analyses by following two ways: on one hand we test the procedure by forecasting the macroseismic field of other strong earthquakes recorded in Italy during the last century and, on the other hand, we ask the reasons of peculiarities in the results to experts in other fields. The article is hence an introductory work, an example of the possibility and of the need of exchange of knowledge.
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