Deschamps A., F. Courboulex, S. Gaffet, A.Lomax, J. Virieux, A. Amato, A. Azzara, B. Castello, C. Chiarabba, G.B. Cimini, M. Cocco, M. Di Bona, L. Marghereti, F. Mele, G. Selvaggi, L. Chiaraluce, D. Piccinini, and M. Ripepe (2000), Spatio-Temporal distribution of seismic activity during the Umbria-Marche crisis, 1997 - J. of Seism., 4, 377-386.


We present the spatio-temporal distribution of more than 2000 earthquakesthat occurred during the Umbria-Marche seismic crisis, between September 26and November 3, 1997. This distribution was obtained from recordings of atemporary network that was installed after the occurrence of the first two largest shocks (Mw =, 5.7, Mw = 6.0) of September 26. This network wascomposed of 27 digital 3-components stations densely distributed in theepicentral area. The aftershock distribution covers a region of about 40 km long and about2 km wide along the NW-SE central Apennines chain. The activity is shallow,mostly located at less than 9 km depth. We distinguished three main zonesof different seismic activity from NW to SE. The central zone, that containsthe hypocenter of four earthquakes of magnitude larger than 5, was the moreactive and the more complex one. Sections at depth identify 40–50°dipping structures that agree well with the moment tensor focalmechanisms results. The clustering and the migration of seismicity from NW to SE and the generalfeatures are imaged by aftershock distribution both horizontally and at depth.

Key words: Seismicity - Central Italy - Umbria-Marche - Aftershock sequence - seismic crisis