Title: Mission to the Area Affected by the Earthquakes in the Pianura Emiliana-Padana of May-June 2012 - Brief Note
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC73156
ISBN: 978-92-79-25942-5
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 25467 EN/1
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC73156
DOI: 10.2788/42776
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: A field mission was conducted in the region affected by the May-June 2012 earthquakes in the Pianura Padana-Emiliana in Northern Italy. The field mission was organized to study the effects of the earthquakes mainly for what concerns prefabricated reinforced concrete industrial buildings, recognizing the important effect that the Pianura Padana-Emiliana earthquakes had on this type of structures, which caused the majority of human casualties, with no precedent in other earthquakes in Italy and Europe. Most of these buildings, designed for gravity loads only, were highly vulnerable, as they were designed prior to enforcement of the latest seismic zoning dating back to 2003 that changed the affected area from non-seismic to a low to medium seismicity level. Due to the limited duration of the mission and the difficulties in getting close to and around the damaged buildings, the quantitative evaluation as well as the technical assessments should be considered provisional. Slight damage to a motor-way bridge structure, to a new pilotis building and liquefaction in the town of San Carlo were also observed. Recommendations for the reconstruction phase and for the reduction of the vulnerability of similar existing prefabricated industrial buildings in seismic regions are proposed at the end of the report.
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