Our thoughts go out to the Moroccan populations affected by the powerful earthquake of September 8, 2023. Fault2sha, a European Seismological Commision working group, with numerous members working in a variety of fields related to seismic hazard assessment would like to reach out to our Maroccan colleagues to offer any help, remote or in the field, that may help understand the tectonic context of this earthquake and to improve our collective knowledge in this region, a key issues for the challenges facing the reconstruction ahead.
In the framework of the italian PRIN2020 Project “Fault segmentation and seismotectonics of active thrust systems: the Northern Apennines and Southern Alps laboratories for new Seismic Hazard Assessments in northern Italy” (NASA4SHA), the paleoseismology research group coordinated by Maria Eliana Poli (University of Udine), including geologists and paleoseismologists from the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Emanuela Falcucci, Stefano Gori), University of Udine (Giovanni Paiero, Andrea Marchesini) and University of Ferrara (Giulia Patricelli, Riccardo Caputo), dug a trench across the eastern Southalpine front, investigating the Budoia-Aviano active thrust front.
Thanks to multiscale preliminary investigation, performed with geophysicists of the University of Ferrara (Enzo Rizzo), the paleoseismological study brought to light extraordinary recordings of past coseismic deformation associated to linear morphogenic earthquakes, in an area that since a few years ago was considered affected by minor seismicity. A set of reverse faults has been indeed exposed by the trench.
Now, other trenches will be made parallel to the first one; the challenge is to possibly associate this new paleoseismological evidence of coseismic surface displacement to historical seismic events of the region, thus contributing to more reliable estimates of the seismogenic and capability potential of the active faults of NE-Italy. In line with this, we are evaluating the possibility to make the site accessible for scientific and public awareness purposes.
Eliana Poli and the working group
In the wake of the devasting 6th of February 2023 earthquake that hit a very wide region along the Turkey/Syria border, the members of the European Seismological Commission Fault2sha Working group wish to express their support to the families of the victims and all those doing their utmost today to continue to rescue and help the affected population. In silence, in the backstage, we continue our activities to improve knowledge and create synergies in the hope that tomorrow we shall never again witness similar catastrophes.
To appreciate some of our actions, we encourage you to visit the two new thematic labs created following the 6th Fault2SHA Workshop in Chieti:
- Fault2SHA Post-earthquake Reconnaissance Lab; many new Fault2sha members have joined this laboratory, motivated by the occurrence of the recent earthquake in Turkey. Each one ready to help in presence or remotely.
- Fault2SHA Fault Displacement Hazard Lab; a laboratory to compare and test observations and modelling issues on this hot topic.
We also encourage you to visit our JOB OFFERS announcing the call for 11 PhD positions, in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network of the Project TREAD. The selection will be carried out in various European institutions. We hope young people from the devastated areas can participate to the selection too, to build together a new generation of Fault2SHA scientists.
We are ready for the 6th Workshop of the Fault2SHA ESC Working Group. It will be held in Chieti on January 19-20, 2023. It is the first in-person meeting after years; it follows the kickoff meeting of the new Horizon Europe MSCA-DN project TREAD, leaded by the University of Chieti-Pescara. TREAD will open 11 phD positions in Europe soon.
About 45 experienced and early career researchers are expected; key-note lectures will be recorded for the community. Enjoy the PRE-WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS, and the mountains’ view!
A year of Peace, Health, and Joy.
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This is the last reminder for the pre-registration to the 6th Fault2sha Workshop that will be held in Chieti (IT) on Jan 19-20, 2023. More info here.
Compile the pre-registration form before Nov 30, 2022, if you want to participate: there are only few seats free (Max 50 participants).
Confirmation to accepted participants on Dec, 7, 2022.
Among the New Year’s resolution for 2022 there was the proposal to strenghten the Fault2SHA Community with a new initiative, called Jammin’ Series.
If you want to share your brand-new research, project, results or doubts, within the Fault2SHA community, read this page, and contact a Ex-Com member.
January is the month for New Year’s resolutions.
The Fault2SHA Ex-Com, during its first meeting of 2022, selected this TOP 5 ones.
If you like them, pleas put a like on this post, and stay tuned.
If you do not like them, please, let us know, and suggest your ones!
- Organize new Fault2SHA Workshops (LIVE)
- Establish other Laboratories
- Continue the Learning Series
- Strenghten the communities (with a new Jammin’ Series)
- Update the website (and social channel too)
The Fault2SHA Ex-Com would like to
- welcome José Antonio Álvarez Gómez as a new member. His broad interests in many of the topics discussed within Fault2SHA will certainly enhance the link between fault data provider and fault data modelers.
- thank Julián García-Mayordomo who has decided to leave the Ex-Com. Julian has been an active member of the Fault2sha Ex-Com since the creation of the Working Group. He will remain a very active member of the working group, in particular with our Colombian collegues. We wish him all the best for the future.
Please, consider to submit your contributions to the brand-new session:
The Dec. 2020 earthquake sequence in Petrinja, Croatia, and its seismotectonic and geodynamic environments
The conveners ask the interested presenters to contact them ASAP with potential title and author list. Abstracts to be sent before the Feb 28th. The EGU organizing committee will then register them on the EGU website.
It is probably the most commonly used safety instruction during an earthquake. After this difficult year, we propose you an alternative view: DROP on your favourite sofa, COVER your legs with a warm blanket, and HOLD, till the Rt Covid-19 is well below 0.8, in your country.
Thanks to the participants to the 5th Workshop, the Fault2SHA community is growing, and the program of activities for the new year is growing as well. Stay tuned, stay safe…