The study aims at quantifying the monetary losses caused by a moderate earthquake happened ona densely populated and economically well-developed area. The loss estimation refers to the damage ofresidential buildings and takes into account the cumulative effects of the sequence of the 2012 Emiliaearthquake, characterized by a series of shocks with a magnitude range between 5.5 and 6 that lasted fornearly a month. The earthquake ground shaking was characterized by long-period component amplificationsdue to the presence of thick banks of sediments; nevertheless, there was a great damage to ordinaryresidential structures, characterized by short periods.The present study estimated the building damage using an approach based on the definition of the EMS-98macroseismic scale, which is able to depict a damage scenario by means of observed intensity. Then we usedthe value of real estate assets (OMI) to quantify the economic losses, instead of the commonly adopted costof reconstruction, because it is both an official and a yearly updated economic indicator. As the tradenegotiations value is easily available throughout all the national territory, the present loss assessment canbe effortlessly reproduced in case of future events.The proposed method consists of a multidisciplinary approach taking advantage of seismic, engineering, andeconomic skills, which is able to depict an attainable ex-post losses scenarios

The economic assessment of seismic damage: an example for the 2012 event in Northern Italy

Modica M;
2016

Abstract

The study aims at quantifying the monetary losses caused by a moderate earthquake happened ona densely populated and economically well-developed area. The loss estimation refers to the damage ofresidential buildings and takes into account the cumulative effects of the sequence of the 2012 Emiliaearthquake, characterized by a series of shocks with a magnitude range between 5.5 and 6 that lasted fornearly a month. The earthquake ground shaking was characterized by long-period component amplificationsdue to the presence of thick banks of sediments; nevertheless, there was a great damage to ordinaryresidential structures, characterized by short periods.The present study estimated the building damage using an approach based on the definition of the EMS-98macroseismic scale, which is able to depict a damage scenario by means of observed intensity. Then we usedthe value of real estate assets (OMI) to quantify the economic losses, instead of the commonly adopted costof reconstruction, because it is both an official and a yearly updated economic indicator. As the tradenegotiations value is easily available throughout all the national territory, the present loss assessment canbe effortlessly reproduced in case of future events.The proposed method consists of a multidisciplinary approach taking advantage of seismic, engineering, andeconomic skills, which is able to depict an attainable ex-post losses scenarios
978-989-95094-1-2
EMS98 Intensity
earthquake damage
economic losses
Emilia Romagna
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