Seismic Vulnerability of Historical Structures: Damage State of the Abruzzo (Italy) Churches in the Sequence of the April 2009 Earthquake
Each earthquake represents a particular moment in the history of the affected region. The seismicity in Italy reaches frequently high values, what makes it a country particularly affected by this kind of natural disasters. Historical constructions (in particular masonry ones) are structures that show a high vulnerability to the type of loads introduced in the sequence of a seismic event. This paper focus on the effects of the 6th of April 2009 earthquake, that affected the region of Abruzzo (Italy), over the historical buildings of the region, in particular churches, by establishing a set of different objectives directed to the understanding of their structural behavior and to the assessment of the extent of post seismic damage in this structures. During the emergency period that followed the earthquake, many churches and other historical constructions (towers, walls, palaces, etc…) were surveyed, according to the official 1st level damage survey forms for Cultural Heritage (C.H.), by the workgroup of the University of Padova (UNIPD). The information collected from these surveys was later inserted and organized in a database. A statistical work is presented, illustrating the referred information and focusing on the data related with the damage assessment of the considered monuments. This work presents an intuitive overview of the seismic effects over the surveyed churches, allowing not only to better understand the response of these structures to this particular action, but also correlating the earthquake data with its effects on the churches.
Xianglin Gu and Xiaobin Song
B. Silva et al., "Seismic Vulnerability of Historical Structures: Damage State of the Abruzzo (Italy) Churches in the Sequence of the April 2009 Earthquake", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 133-134, pp. 765-770, 2010