Paolo Galli

Earthquakes in Italy: Field photos by Paolo Galli

Our colleague Paolo Galli is in the epicentral area of the M6.6 Italy earthquake and he sent us some amazing images. I’ll just reproduce them here without further comment, they speak for themselves. Captions by Paolo. Thanks a lot Paolo, and stay safe!

Here is the surface faulting of the Central Italy earthquake of August 24 (Mw 6.0). The photo was shot at the southern tip of the Mt Vettore normal fault, which was trenched some years ago by Galadini and Galli (2003).

Here is the surface faulting of the Central Italy earthquake of August 24 (Mw 6.0). The photo was shot at the southern tip of the Mt Vettore normal fault, which was trenched some years ago by Galadini and Galli (2003).

And this was the paper: 

Galadini, F., & Galli, P. (2003). Paleoseismology of silent faults in the Central Apennines (Italy): the Mt. Vettore and Laga Mts. faults. Annals of Geophysics. (open access!)
Here is the surficial slip along one of the synthetic splay of the Mount Vettore fault (Mw 6.5 of today in central Italy)

Here is the surficial slip along one of the synthetic splays of the Mount Vettore fault (Mw 6.5 of today in central Italy)

1 m of slip here

1 m of slip here

11 cm of slip across the road already ruptured on August 24 Mw 6.2 event. The road was restored and cut today again

11 cm of slip across the road already ruptured on August 24 Mw 6.2 event. The road was restored and cut today again

Surface faulting along the splay running in the Castelluccio Plain. Here Galadini&Galli 2003 opened three tranches founding evidences of repeated events in the Late Holocene, the last one before the 6th cent. AD. Behind the Vettore slope with the surface faulting along two other splays

Surface faulting along the splay running in the Castelluccio Plain. Here Galadini & Galli (2003) opened three trenches and found evidence for repeated events in the Late Holocene, the last one before the 6th cent. AD. Behind the Vettore slope with the surface faulting along two other splays

Faulting exceeding 1 m along the anyithetic fault.

Faulting exceeding 1 m along the antithetic fault.

The offset at the bottom of the slickenside along the anrithetic splay.

The offset at the bottom of the slickenside along the antithetic splay.

The impressive faulting along the northern segment of the Vettore system

Impressive faulting along the northern segment of the Vettore system

Faulting along the Vettore slope

Faulting along the Vettore slope

Again the antithetic splay.

Again the antithetic splay.

For more first-hand information follow Laura Gregory and Luke Wedmore on Twitter. They are in the area and they are busy laserscanning the ruptures.

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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