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The value of multiple earthquake missions: the EEFIT L'Aquila Earthquake experience

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sean Wilkinson, Dr Gaetano EliaORCiD



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


In November 2012 EEFIT launched its first ever return mission to an earthquake affected site. The L'Aquila Earthquake site was chosen as this is a recent European event of interest to the UK and European earthquake engineering community. The main aims of this return mission were to document the earthquake recovery process and this paper presents an overview of the post-disaster emergency phase and transition to reconstruction in the Aquila area after the earthquake. It takes an earthquake engineering perspective, highlighting areas mainly of interest to the fields of structural/seismic engineering and reconstruction management. Within the paper, reference is made to published literature, but also to data collected in the field during the return mission that would not otherwise have been available. The paper presents some specific observations and lessons learned from the L'Aquila return mission. However, in light of current international efforts in conducting return missions, the paper ends with some reflections on the value that return missions can provide to the field of earthquake engineering in general, based on the EEFIT L'Aquila experience.

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Author(s): Rossetto T, D'Ayala D, Gori F, Persio R, Han J, Novelli V, Wilkinson SM, Alexander D, Hill M, Stephens S, Kontoe S, Elia G, Verrucci E, Vicini A, Shelley W, Foulser-Piggott R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

Year: 2014

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Pages: 277-305

Print publication date: 01/02/2014

Online publication date: 19/01/2014

Acceptance date: 05/01/2014

Date deposited: 09/04/2015

ISSN (print): 1570-761X

ISSN (electronic): 1573-1456

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10518-014-9588-y


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