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The 29th May 2012 Emilia Romagna Earthquake

I. Ioannou,R. Borg,V. Novelli,J. Melo,D. Alexander,In. Kongar,E. Verrucci,B. Cahill,T. Rossetto.
Book Title or Journal
EPICentre Field Observation Report
Number of pages
The 5.9Mw earthquake, which hit the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy on 20th May 2012 (see Rossetto et al, 2012) was followed on the 29th May 2012 by a 5.8Mw earthquake with epicentre 15km North West of the former event. This earthquake caused further damage to locations hit by the 20th May earthquake, and extended the affected area to the East-side of the province of Modena, resulting in 17 deaths and 14,000 homeless. A team consisting of Dr Ioanna Ioannou, Randolph Borg and Jose Melo from EPICentre, and Viviana Novelli from University of Bath, travelled to the affected areas on 2nd June 2012. The team spent four days in the field, re-visiting Finale Emilia, San Felice sul Panaro, San Agostino and Mirabello as well as visiting new areas such as Mirandola, Cento, Cavezzo and San Possidonio. Rapid surveys were conducted that focused on the overall performance of residential, commercial, industrial and historical structures, emergency management and on geotechnical features of the two recent events. The present report complements the first reconnaissance report (Rossetto et al, 2012) and should be read in addition to it in order to obtain a complete picture of the impact of the two moderate events. Both reports can be downloaded from the EPICentre website (, where kml files with the georeferenced photos collected in the field for the two events can also be downloaded (for viewing on Google Earth).
Emilia Romagna Earthquake