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Authors: Burrato, P.* 
Vannoli, P.* 
Fracassi, U.* 
Basili, R.* 
Valensise, G.* 
Title: Is blind faulting truly invisible? Tectonic-controlled drainage evolution in the epicentral area of the May 2012, Emilia-Romagna earthquake sequence (northern Italy)
Issue Date: 2012
Series/Report no.: 4/55 (2012)
DOI: 10.4401/ag-6182
Keywords: Blind faulting
Tectonic geomorphology
Seismogenic sources
2012 Emilia Romagna earthquake sequence
Po Plain
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.04. Geology::04.04.01. Earthquake geology and paleoseismology 
04. Solid Earth::04.04. Geology::04.04.03. Geomorphology 
Abstract: For decades alluvial plains have been the areas of fastest population growth over most of the globe. Modern societies demand growing extensions of flat and easily accessible land to accommodate swelling urban areas, booming industrial districts, large power plants, and multi-runway airports. But how can we tell if one of such flat areas hides large active faults? How can we assign a significant pre-instrumental earthquake to its causative source? In other words, how can modern societies deal with buried, that is to say, invisible faults, and with the elusiveness of the hazard they pose?
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