Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sean Wilkinson,
Dr Gaetano Elia
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.
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
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
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