page is the result of a compilation of all centroid moment tensors
computed for the Italian region for the entire period of availability
of digital seismographic data, e.g. 1977 to present. In the map, red
solutions are from the Global
CMT Catalog, blue solutions
are from the European-Mediterranean RCMT
Catalog, green solutions are
from previous papers and yellow
solutions are from Pondrelli et al., 2006(update to
We merge the existing global CMTs and European-Mediterranean RCMTs data for the Italian region with those computed to extend backward the Euro-Mediterranean RCMT catalog (Pondrelli et al., 2006). We obtaine a wide dataset covering the 1977-to-present period, more than 35 years of seismic activity. All together we have more than 450 centroid moment tensors, for shallow and intermediate depth earthquakes, with magnitude between 4.0 to 6.9.
Some of these moment tensor solutions are already included in the Global CMT Catalog. But surface waves at regional distance (inverted to compute RCMTs) have a better signal-to-noise ratio than long period body or mantle waves at global distance (inverted to compute CMTs), and the RCMT method appears more appropriate for modelling smaller magnitude seismic sources. Therefore, when both solutions exist for an earthquake, we chose the RCMT when Mw 5.5, and the CMT solution otherwise.
THE ONLINE DATA UPDATED TO 2011
(read the description of the formats):
ItalianCMT_dataset.dek: all the dataset 1977-2011 in the dek format
ItalianCMT_dataset.gmt: all the dataset 1977-2011 in the old gmt format
ItalianCMT_dataset.psmeca: all the dataset 1977-2011 in the new gmt format
Please reference these data as:
Pondrelli, S., S. Salimbeni, G. Ekström, A. Morelli, P. Gasperini and G. Vannucci, 2006, The Italian CMT dataset from 1977 to the present, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2006.07.008,159/3-4, pp. 286-303.
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