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Authors: Valoroso, L.* 
Improta, L.* 
Chiaraluce, L.* 
Di Stefano, R.* 
Ferranti, L.* 
Chiarabba, C.* 
Title: Active faults and induced seismicity in the Val d’Agri area (Southern Apennines, Italy)
Issue Date: 20-Feb-2009
Series/Report no.: /178(2009)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04166.x
Keywords: Earthquake interaction
Seismicity and tectonics
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.06. Surveys, measurements, and monitoring 
Abstract: The NW–SE trending Val d’Agri extensional basin is one of the regions in Italy with the highest seismogenic potential. Field data do not univocally define which of the fault systems bordering the basin on the two opposite sides is accommodating the active deformation. In this study, we detect and locate, by using an automatic picking procedure, almost 2000 low-magnitude earthquakes (−0.2 < ML < 2.7) recorded by a dense network during a 13- months-long seismic experiment. Events are mostly located along the southwestern flank of the basin. To the south, intense swarm-type microseismicity defines a major cluster 5 km wide from 1 to 5 km depth. To the west, a clear alignment of events, characterized by normal faulting kinematics, defines a NE-dipping normal fault between 1 and 6 km depth. The upward continuation of this structure, 5 km long, matches a mapped active normal fault recognized by field and palaeoseismological surveys. A temporal correlation found between the intense swarm-type microseismicity and the water level changes in the nearby artificial Pertusillo lake suggests that this seismicity is reservoir-induced.
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