2012 Emilia earthquake, Italy: reinforced concrete buildings response

Gaetano Manfredi, Andrea Prota, Gerardo Mario Verderame*, Flavia De Luca, Paolo Ricci

*Corresponding author for this work

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Data of the Italian National Institute of Statistics are collected aimed at characterizing Reinforced Concrete (RC) building stock of the area struck by the 2012 Emilia earthquake (number of storeys, age of construction, structural typology). Damage observations, collected right after the event in reconnaissance reports, are shown and analyzed emphasizing typical weaknesses of RC buildings in the area. The evolution of seismic classification for Emilia region and RC buildings’ main characteristics represent the input data for the assessment of non-structural damage of infilled RC buildings, through a simplified approach (FAST method), based on EMS-98 damage scale. Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) capacities for the first three damage states of EMS-98 are compared with registered PGA in the epicentral area. Observed damage and damage states evaluated for the PGA of the event, in the epicentral area, are finally compared. The comparison led to a fair agreement between observed and numerical data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2275-2298
Number of pages24
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number5
Early online date25 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

Accepted 30 August 2013


  • Non-structural damage
  • Damage states
  • Emilia earthquake
  • FAST method
  • Infilled RC buildings


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