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Authors: Scognamiglio, Laura* 
Mazza, Salvatore* 
Delouis, Bertrand*
Title: Rapid determination of moment magnitude from the near-field spectra: application to the april 6 2009, L'Aquila seismic sequence
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2010
Keywords: moment magnitude
L'Aquila Sequence
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.03. Earthquake source and dynamics 
Abstract: On April 6th 2009, a magnitude Mw=6.1 earthquake struck the Abruzzi region in central Italy. Despite its moderate size, the earth- quake caused more than 300 fatalities and partially destroyed the city of L’Aquila and many villages in its surroundings. The main shock was preceded by an earthquake swarm that started at the end of 2008, and, by the end of November 2009, more than 16,000 aftershocks with M> 0.5 have been recorded by the INGV seismic network. Current advances in data transmission and communication yield high quality broadband velocity and strong motion waveforms in near real-time. These data allow for the rapid characterization of earthquake sources in terms of fault geometry, focal depth and seismic moment. Delouis et al. (2009) have developed a methodology for rapid determination of moment magnitude from the near-fields spectra. In this study we test this methodology on the L’Aquila sequence earthquakes for which we have already com- puted the time domain moment tensor solutions (TDMT, Scognamiglio et al., 2010).
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