Minimize Earthquake - Italy, April 2009

L'AQUILA, Italy, April 13, 2009 (From AFP) - A new aftershock rattled central Italy and could be felt as far as Rome late Monday, one week after a strong earthquake killed nearly 300 people. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the aftershock, one of the strongest since the April 6 earthquake, was of 5.0 magnitude and hit at 21:14 GMT.

The head of Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology reported earlier Monday those 10,000 aftershocks have hit the region since the earthquake and around 1,000 could be felt. "We do not exclude slightly stronger aftershocks, it's even probable" that there will be tremors above 3.0 on the Richter scale, the top scientist, Enzo Boschi, told ANSA news agency.

The main quake which killed 294 people, destroyed large parts of the Abruzzo region and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes measured 5.8 on the Richter scale.

Event Timeline
Envisat ASAR interferogram (01 Feb 2009 / 12 April 2009)
(Courtesy of IREA-CNR)

ESA SAR dataset package

ESA makes freely available to the scientific community a dataset of SAR products (Envisat and ERS) corresponding to the earthquake of L'Aquila (Italy) which took place on 6 April 2009. The ESA package also includes data from Third Party missions, in particular Japanese ALOS data.

ALOS AVNIR-2 image
7 April 2009 (Orbit 17057)


Access to ESA dataset package: L'Aquila Earthquake 2009

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