A paleoseismological trench has been opened at San Carlo – Sant’Agostino. At this place, liquefaction features and other environmental earthquake effects were recognized after the Finale Emilia earthquake of 2 May 2012, magnitude MW6.1. The trench reveals normal fault features close to the surface. Our colleague Alex Chatzipetros from Earthquake Geology of Greece posted a great article on the trench work and has all the interesting photos.
Paleoseismicity.org on the Finale Emilia earthquake:
- Mw6.1 earthquake rocks Northern Italy
- New data from the Northern Italy Mw6.1 earthquake (20 May 2012)
- INGV releases first preliminary report on the Finale Emilia earthquake, northern Italy
- Finale Emilia earthquake: preliminary report on Earthquake Environmental Effects (EEEs)
- Data sources for the Finale Emilia earthquake (Mw6.1)
If you are interested in trenching and maybe already asked yourself how this is done, then we have a good answer. The Utah Geological Survey recently opened a trench across the Wasatch Fault and produced this great time-lapse video: