Recorded motions of the 6 April 2009 M

Mehmet Çelebi, Paolo Bazzurro, Lauro Chiaraluce, Paolo Clemente, Luis Decanini, Adriano Desortis, William Ellsworth, Antonella Gorini, Erol Kalkan, Sandro Marcucci, Guiliano Milana, Fabrizio Mollaioli, Marco Olivieri, Roberto Paolucci, Dario Rinaldis, Antonio Rovelli, Fabio Sabetta, Christopher Stephens

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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. © 2010, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651 - 684
Number of pages34
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

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Çelebi, M., Bazzurro, P., Chiaraluce, L., Clemente, P., Decanini, L., Desortis, A., ... Stephens, C. (2010). Recorded motions of the 6 April 2009 M. Earthquake Spectra, 26(3), 651 - 684.