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Authors: Chiaraluce, L.* 
Valoroso, L.* 
Anselmi, M.* 
Bagh, S.* 
Chiarabba, C.* 
Title: A decade of passive seismic monitoring experiments with local networks in four Italian regions
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2009
Series/Report no.: /476 (2009)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.02.013
Keywords: Seismic rate Seismicity pattern Background seismicity Moment rate
Seismic rate Seismicity pattern Background seismicity Moment rate
Subject Classification05. General::05.02. Data dissemination::05.02.02. Seismological data 
Abstract: We report on four seismic monitoring experiments that in the past ten years we carried out with dense local networks in seismically active Italian areas where for at least a year, tens of three component seismic stations were set up to record microseismicity. The areas observed are Alpago–Cansiglio, located in the Venetian Alps, Città di Castello in the Northern Apennines, Marsica in the Central Apennines and Val d'Agri located in the Southern Apennines. We produced homogeneous catalogues regarding earthquake locations and local magnitudes to investigate seismicity patterns during an inter-seismic period. The four regions are characterised by different kinematics, strain rates and historical/recent seismicity. We investigate earthquake distribution in space, time and size obtaining reference seismic rates and parameters of the Gutenberg and Richter law. We declustered the catalogues to look for coherent signs in the background seismic activity. Despite a difference in the catalogues magnitudes of completeness due both to the diverse detection threshold of the local networks and different seismic release, we detect and observe two common main behaviours: a) The Alpago–Cansiglio and Marsica regions are characterised by a relatively lower rate of seismic release associated to the episodic occurrence of seismic sequences with the largest event being 3bMLb4. In these areas the seismicity is not localised around the main faults. b) The Città di Castello and Val d'Agri regions have a relatively high rate of seismicity release almost continuously with time, and the increase in earthquake production is not clearly related to seismic sequences. In these areas the seismicity nucleates around defined fault systems and is usually lower than MLb3. We suggest that the presence of overpressured fluids in the Città di Castello and Val d'Agri uppermost crustal volume may favour and mould the higher rate of microseismic release.
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