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Authors: Bertrand, E.* 
Duval, A.M.* 
Régnier, J.* 
Azzara, R.M.* 
Bergamaschi, F.* 
Bordoni, P.* 
Cara, F.* 
Cultrera, G.* 
Di Giulio, G.* 
Milana, G.* 
Salichon, J.* 
Title: Site effects of the Roio basin, L’Aquila
Journal: Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 
Series/Report no.: 3/9(2011)
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
Issue Date: Jun-2011
DOI: 10.1007/s10518-011-9254-6
Keywords: L’Aquila earthquake · Site effects · Strong motion · Micro-tremors · Spectral ratios
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.04. Ground motion 
Abstract: During the microzonation studies of the April 6th, 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, we observed local seismic amplifications in the Roio area—a plane separated from L’Aquila city center by mount Luco. Six portable, digital instruments were deployed across the plain from 15 April to mid-May 2009. This array recorded 152 aftershocks. We analyzed the ground motion from these events to determine relative site amplification within the plain and on surrounding ridges. Horizontal over vertical spectral ratio on noise data (HVSRN),aftershock recordings (HVEQ) and standard spectral ratio (SSR) showed amplifications at 1.3 and 4.0Hz on quaternary deposits. Seismic amplifications in the frequency range of 4 and 6Hz were also observed on a carbonate ridge of Colle di Roio, on the northwestern border of the plateau. A small amplification was noticed near the top of mount Luco, another rocky site. Large discrepancies in the amplification levels between methods have been observed for these sites, but the HVSRN, HVEQ and SSR gave similar results at the stations located in the Roio plain. On the rocky sites, the SSR was more reliable than the HVSRN at estimating the transfer function of the site, even if the resonance frequency seemed to be well detected by the latter method.
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