11/16/2016 - Coseismic fault slip and triggered landslides of the 2016 Mw 6.2 Amatrice earthquake in Italy

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12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Geology 1707

Presented By:
Mong-Han Huang -

Abstract

Coseismic fault slip and triggered landslides of the 2016 Mw 6.2 Amatrice earthquake in Italy

Central Italy has had multiple moderate size but damaging shallow earthquakes. In this study, we optimize the fault geometry and invert for fault slip based on coseismic GPS and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) for the 2016 Mw 6.2 Amatrice earthquake in Italy. Our results show nearly all the fault slip occurred between 3 and 6 km depth but extends 20 km along strike. There was less than 4 cm static surface displacement at the town Amatrice where the most devastating damage occurred. Landslides triggered by earthquake ground shaking are not uncommon, but triggered landslides with sub-meter movement are challenging to be observed in the field. We find evidence of coseismically triggered landslides northwest and northeast of the epicenter where coseismic peak ground acceleration was estimated > 0.5 g. By combining ascending and descending InSAR data, we are able to estimate the maximum landslide thickness as at least 100 and 130 m near Mt. Vettore and west of Castelluccio, respectively. The landslide near Mt. Vettore terminates on the pre-existing fault Mt. Vettore Fault (MVEF) scarp. Our results imply that the long-term fault slip rate of MVEF estimated based on paleoseismic studies could potentially have errors due to triggered landslides from nearby earthquake events.

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