EGU2020-22596
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-22596
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Spatio-temporal variations of source parameters in the nucleation zone of the 6 April 2009, Mw 6.1 L'Aquila Earthquake

Rita Di Giovambattista, Giovanna Calderoni, and Antonio Rovelli
Rita Di Giovambattista et al.
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, 00145 Rome, Italy

We present the results of Brune stress drop (∆σ) and apparent stress (τa) variability of  earthquakes located in a small zone adjacent to the hypocenter of the damaging Mw 6.1 L'Aquila earthquake. Their magnitude ranges between  2.7 and 4.1. Interevent variability of stress drop and apparent stress results in a factor of 10, well beyond the individual‐event uncertainty. Radiation efficiency ηsw = τa/∆σ varies mostly between 0.1 and 0.2, but decreases in the days immediately before and after the main shock to values as low as 0.06. This may be related to the migration of the events occurring in those days into a focal volume with higher dynamic strength. The temporal change of ηsw might be interpreted as a spatial variation due to the earthquake migration into the locked portion of the fault originating the main shock. Furthermore, no variation in stress drop and apparent stress can be observed between foreshocks and aftershocks but the smallest and largest ∆σ result in a good correlation with the largest and smallest b‐values respectively, as already documented in literature in the rupture nucleation volume of large earthquakes.

How to cite: Di Giovambattista, R., Calderoni, G., and Rovelli, A.: Spatio-temporal variations of source parameters in the nucleation zone of the 6 April 2009, Mw 6.1 L'Aquila Earthquake, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-22596, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-22596, 2020

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