Skip to comments.Ancient records shed light on Italian earthquakes (Aquila area)
Posted on 08/10/2012 4:03:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The rich recorded history of settlement in the area, along with oral traditions, archaeological excavations, inscriptions and medieval texts, and offer insight into how often the region might expect destructive earthquakes. But according to a new study by Emanuela Guidoboni and colleagues, the historical record on ancient and medieval earthquakes comes with its own shortcomings that must be addressed before the seismic history of L'Aquila can be useful in assessing the current seismic hazard in this area...
...the researchers combed through written records and information from archaeological excavations, covering the period from ancient Roman occupation in the first century A.D. to the late Middle Ages of the 15th century A.D. The authors say, researchers must piece together information ranging from collapsed roofs within an ancient Roman city, to the evidences of rebuilding damaged baths and cisterns. In later years, better written records offer more detail on the specific location and size of earthquakes occurring in 1349, 1456, and 1461 (a long seismic sequence).
As Guidoboni and her colleagues note, the earthquakes have had a strong influence in the region's economy and culture. It is a impact that can be seen clearly in the historical records, such as a written account of a large earthquake in 1315. During that quake, warring factions in the town came together after they "were struck with fear at the strong shaking when a frightening earthquake soon afterwards struck that place in a terrible way," the official account says, "and they abandoned their wrongdoing and returned to the narrow path of their conscience."
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Hey! “Guidoboni” is my middle name!
Sorry Civ! I got this thing about names,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
I have made many visits to Italy and have considered moving there to live for a while. L’Aquila is a beautiful medium sized city and one I would consider. It has a central location in the country and only lacks the seashore, which is a couple of hours away by car. I’d take my chances with the quakes. The areas near the seas are too crowded and expensive anyway. Visiting those will do.
I was stationed at Aviano Air Base in late 70’s.... Great place to live yet May and September were solid earthquake events. Terra motto ! Porko’dio !!
Her full name is Emanuela Guidoboni Jingleheimer Schmidt.
That is almost as bad as my relatives name, Heynemann.