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Volume 10, issue 2 | Copyright

Special issue: Ground and satellite based observations during the time of...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 395-406, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-10-395-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  26 Feb 2010

26 Feb 2010

A study on the Abruzzo 6 April 2009 earthquake by applying the RST approach to 15 years of AVHRR TIR observations

M. Lisi1, C. Filizzola2, N. Genzano1, C. S. L. Grimaldi2, T. Lacava2, F. Marchese2, G. Mazzeo1, N. Pergola1,2, and V. Tramutoli1,2 M. Lisi et al.
  • 1University of Basilicata, Department of Engineering and Physics of the Environment, Potenza, Italy
  • 2National Research Council, Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA), Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy

Abstract. A self adaptive approach (RST, Robust Satellite Technique) has been proposed as a suitable tool for satellite TIR surveys in seismically active regions devoted to detect and monitor thermal anomalies possibly related to earthquake occurrence. In this work, RST approach has been applied to 15 years of AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) thermal infrared observations in order to study the 6 April 2009 Abruzzo earthquake. Preliminary results show clear differences in TIR anomalies occurrence during the periods used for validation (15 March–15 April 2009) and the one (15 March–15 April 2008) without earthquakes with ML≥4.5, used for confutation purposes. Quite clear TIR anomalies appears also to mark main tectonic lineaments during the preparatory phases of others, low magnitude(3.9<ML<4.6) earthquakes, occurred in the area in the same period.

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