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Authors: Moretti, M.* 
Govoni, A.* 
Nostro, C.* 
La Longa, F.* 
Crescimbene, M.* 
Pignone, M.* 
Selvaggi, G.* 
COES Working Group* 
Title: The new emergency structure of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia during the L’Aquila 2009 seismic sequence: the contribution of the COES (Seismological Emergency Operation Center – Centro Operativo Emergenza Sismica)
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2009
Keywords: Emergency structure
earthquake education
Subject Classification05. General::05.03. Educational, History of Science, Public Issues::05.03.99. General or miscellaneous 
Abstract: The Centro Nazionale Terremoti (CNT – National Earthquake Center), departement of Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), has designed and setup a rapid response emergency structure to face the occurrence of strong earthquakes. This structure is composed by a real time satellite telemetered temporary seismic network used to improve the hypocentral locations of the INGV National Seismic Network, a stand alone temporary seismic network whose goal is primarily the high dynamic/high resolution data acquisition in the epicentral area and a mobile operational center, the COES (Centro Operativo Emergenza Sismica, Seismological Emergency Operational Center). The COES structure is a sort of mobile office equipped with satellite internet communication that can be rapidly installed in the disaster area to support all the INGV staff operative needs and to cooperate with the Civil Protection department (DPC) aggregating all the scientific information available on the seismic sequence and providing updated information to Civil Protection for the decision making stage during the emergency. The structure is equipped with a heavy load trolley that carries a 6x6 inflatable tent, a satellite router, an UPS, computers, monitors and furniture. The facility can be installed in a couple of hours in the epicentral area and provides a full featured office with dedicated internet connection and VPN access to the INGV data management center in Rome. Just after the April 6 2009 Mw 6.3 earthquake in L’Aquila (Central Italy) the COES has been installed upon request of the Italian Civil Protection (DPC) in the DICOMAC (Directorate of Command and Control - which is the central structure of the DPC that coordinates the emergency activities in the areas affected by the earthquake) located in the Guardia di Finanza headquarters in Coppito nearby L'Aquila (the same location that hosted the G8 meeting). The COES produces real time reports on the seismic sequence evolution constituted by a detailed sequence map, histograms showing the evolution of the magnitude and the number of earthquakes in time and a daily event list. Moreover, it is possible to see the real time hypocentral locations using “SISMAP”, the same tool used in the Seismic Monitoring Center in Rome. During the emergency the COES has been also a reference information point for all people involved in the crisis management and has provided also psychological support to the rescuers and to the earthquake affected population. This education and outreach activity has proved to be extremely effective.
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