Paleoseismological trench at the Finale Emilia earthquake site

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.

The 55 m long trench was opened by Riccardo Caputo, Sotiris Sboras, Marco Stefani and Kyriaki Iordanidou. We are excited to see more data soon. Read Alex’ article at his blog. on the Finale Emilia earthquake:

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:


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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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