Urban MEMS based seismic network for post-earthquakes rapid disaster assessment

Dario Luzio, Antonino D'Alessandro, Antonino D'Alessandro, D'Alessandro, D'Alessandro, D'Alessandro, D'Alessandro, Giuseppe D'Anna

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In this paper, we introduce a project for the realizationof the first European real-time urban seismic networkbased on Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology.MEMS accelerometers are a highly enabling technology,and nowadays, the sensitivity and the dynamic rangeof these sensors are such as to allow the recording of earthquakesof moderate magnitude even at a distance of severaltens of kilometers. Moreover, thanks to their low cost andsmaller size, MEMS accelerometers can be easily installed inurban areas in order to achieve an urban seismic network constitutedby high density of observation points. The networkis being implemented in the Acireale Municipality (Sicily,Italy), an area among those with the highest hazard, vulnerabilityand exposure to the earthquake of the Italian territory.The main objective of the implemented urban network willbe to achieve an effective system for post-earthquake rapiddisaster assessment. The earthquake recorded, also that withmoderate magnitude will be used for the effective seismicmicrozonation of the area covered by the network. The implementedsystem will be also used to realize a site-specificearthquakes early warning system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Geosciences
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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