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Volume 7, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 7, 15–19, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-7-15-2007
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Special issue: Tsunamis

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 7, 15–19, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-7-15-2007
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  10 Jan 2007

10 Jan 2007

Investigation on tsunami effects in the central Adriatic Sea during the last century – a contribution

A. Maramai1, L. Graziani1, and S. Tinti2 A. Maramai et al.
  • 1Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma 2, Rome, Italy
  • 2University of Bologna, Dipartimento di Fisica, Settore Geofisica, Bologna, Italy

Abstract. In this work we present the result of a study aimed at examining the Italian earthquake sequences that occurred in the area of the central Adriatic sea with the purpose of understanding whether some of them were accompanied by tsunami effects. The motivation for this research was the update and enrichment of the Italian Tsunami Catalogue. The result was that evidence was found for two new cases of earthquake-induced tsunamis: these are the August 1916 Rimini and the October 1930 Ancona events.

The bulk of the present research consisted in collecting all the available data on the earthquakes that affected the selected area in the past century and in identifying those potentially capable of generating tsunamis. During the study all the available material was gathered, which includes specific monographs and scientific papers, articles available in contemporary chronicles and in local and national newspapers. The final result of this research will improve our knowledge of the tsunamigenic activity of the central Adriatic sea and contribute to the assessment of the tsunami hazard and risk along these coasts, that especially in the peak season form one of the most densely populated areas of the Italian peninsula with flat and large beaches and water front resorts crowded of tourists.

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