Journal cover Journal topic
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Journal metrics

  • IF value: 1.735 IF 1.735
  • IF 5-year<br/> value: 2.168 IF 5-year
  • SNIP value: 1.211 SNIP 1.211
  • IPP value: 1.968 IPP 1.968
  • SJR value: 0.978 SJR 0.978
  • h5-index value: 37 h5-index 37
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 967-978, 2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed
under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
07 May 2010
The earthquake lights (EQL) of the 6 April 2009 Aquila earthquake, in Central Italy
C. Fidani
Dipartimento di Fisica, Universit√° di Perugia, Via A. Pascoli, Perugia, Italy

Abstract. A seven-month collection of testimonials about the 6 April 2009 earthquake in Aquila, Abruzzo region, Italy, was compiled into a catalogue of non-seismic phenomena. Luminous phenomena were often reported starting about nine months before the strong shock and continued until about five months after the shock. A summary and list of the characteristics of these sightings was made according to 20th century classifications and a comparison was made with the Galli outcomes. These sightings were distributed over a large area around the city of Aquila, with a major extension to the north, up to 50 km. Various earthquake lights were correlated with several landscape characteristics and the source and dynamic of the earthquake. Some preliminary considerations on the location of the sightings suggest a correlation between electrical discharges and asperities, while flames were mostly seen along the Aterno Valley.

Citation: Fidani, C.: The earthquake lights (EQL) of the 6 April 2009 Aquila earthquake, in Central Italy, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 967-978, doi:10.5194/nhess-10-967-2010, 2010.
Search NHESS
Final revised paper