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Free resources, presentations and classroom insight on recent significant earthquakes, from Incorporated Research Organisations for Society, a consortium of US universities.
In the early hours of 24 August 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy, southeast of Norcia. The quake occurred as a result of shallow normal faulting on a NW-SE orientated fault in the Central Apennines.
This is a tectonically and geologically complex area, due to the subduction of the Adria micro-plate beneath the Appenines from east to west, as well as continental collision between the Eurasia and Africa plates building the Alpine mountain belt further north, and the opening of the Tyrrhenian basin to the west. Several significant earthquakes have been recorded in the area in recent history.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 10km, with an epicentre around the town of Accumoli. At time of writing (24 August), the earthquake has claimed 73 lives, with many more missing and injured.
USGS have put together some information on their website detailing when and where the earthquake occurred and the tectonic setting with some useful maps and diagrams.
BBC article on earthquakes in the Apennines
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This collection of papers, published by the Geological Society, covers key elements of the tectonics of central Italy.
It has been compiled to assist those seeking further information on the 6.2 magnitude earthquake.