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Authors: Celebi, M.* 
Bazzurro, P.* 
Chiaraluce, L.* 
Clemente, P.* 
Decanini, L.* 
DedeSortis, A.* 
Ellsworth, W.* 
Gorini, A* 
Kalkan, E.* 
Marcucci, S.* 
Milana, G.* 
Mollaioli, F.* 
Olivieri, M.* 
Paolucci, R.* 
Rinaldis, D.* 
Rovelli, A* 
Sabetta, F.* 
Stephens, C.* 
Title: Recorded Motions of the Mw6.3 April 6, 2009 L’Aquila (Italy) Earthquake and Implications for Building Structural Damage: Overview.
Series/Report no.: 3/26 (2010)
Issue Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1193/1.3450317
Keywords: shaking
building structural damage
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.04. Ground motion 
Abstract: The normal-faulting earthquake of 6 April 2009 in the Abruzzo Region of central Italy caused heavy losses of life and substantial damage to centuriesold buildings of significant cultural importance and to modern reinforcedconcrete- framed buildings with hollow masonry infill walls. Although structural deficiencies were significant and widespread, the study of the characteristics of strong motion data from the heavily affected area indicated that the short duration of strong shaking may have spared many more damaged buildings from collapsing. It is recognized that, with this caveat of shortduration shaking, the infill walls may have played a very important role in preventing further deterioration or collapse of many buildings. It is concluded that better new or retrofit construction practices that include reinforcedconcrete shear walls may prove helpful in reducing risks in such seismic areas of Italy, other Mediterranean countries, and even in United States, where there are large inventories of deficient structures.
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