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History of the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale ESI-07

Independent Consultant, Via della Resistenza 171, 00185 Cantalice (Rieti), Italy
Former General Director of the Geological Survey of Italy-Institute for Environmental Protection and Research Agency (ISPRA-Italy); Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts-Class V-Environmental and Technological Sciences.
Geosciences 2019, 9(5), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9050210
Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 6 May 2019 / Published: 10 May 2019
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Abstract

This brief note aims to describe the history, from its early original idea, of the new macroseismic scale: The Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale 2007 (ESI 2007). It can be used together with other existing scales or alone when needed for measuring the intensity of an earthquake on the basis of the primary and secondary effects of a seismic event on the natural environment. These effects could be the major sources of earthquake hazards, as recently proved. This note also aims to contribute to the understanding of processes that induced the researcher to develop an idea, to pursue it, and bring it to its end, first through the help of valuable Italian researchers and then through the constructive exchange of ideas with researchers of different cultural backgrounds operating almost everywhere in the world. This note is sponsored and approved by the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), and the Environmental Seismic Intensity scale (ESI-07) was published in 2007 after a revision process of about eight years. View Full-Text
Keywords: earthquake hazards; ground effects; ESI scale 2007; EEE database earthquake hazards; ground effects; ESI scale 2007; EEE database
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