Insubria, INGV, Ispra and Unisa together to investigate the effects of subsidence in Como urban area

We are happy to announce that recently the Italian Space Agency (ASI) has granted us the access to Cosmo-SkyMed images over the city of Como (northern Italy) in order to investigate the effects of subsidence on the city centre using recent InSAR measurements. This project involves experts from four different research institutes: Nicoletta Nappo, Maria…
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22/11/2019 0

Geolympics 6: Volcanoes and volcanic products

Volcanoes are one of the most spectacular landforms and eruptions one of the most powerful natural events. Volcanologists recognize two different types of eruptions: effusive, in which lava steadily flows out of a volcano; and explosive, much more violent and rapid. Explosive eruptions are measured through the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), which is based on…
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03/09/2019 1

Geolympics 5: golf course or playground for geomorphologists?

This time I’m gonna speak about… golf! I’m not an expert or fan of this sport, but I do love landscapes and how they form. I must admit I enjoy more the scenery rather than swings or golfer’s technical gestures! Since I’m not an English native speaker, I always double-check for slang. So, I just…
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20/08/2019 0

Inqua Congress: see you in Rome 2023!

It has been a busy end of July here at the Insubria Environmental Geology research group! The 20th Inqua congress has just been held in Dublin, with over 2500 delegates from 75 countries. This congress takes place every 4 years and is home of the Inqua (International Union for Quaternary Research). We presented a talk…
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05/08/2019 0

Geolympics 4: surface faulting

Surface faulting is the rupture of the Earth’s surface caused by an earthquake. It occurs along the surface projection of faults and can involve different rocks and materials (loose soils, roads…). Surface faulting forms actual scarps on the topographic surface and (on geological timescales) is how mountain grow… here’s some example – and comparison with…
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23/07/2019 1

CRUST workshop (9-10th july Perugia). Best poster prize to our Francesca Ferrario ;)

On the 9th and 10th o July, we join to the CRUST workshop on structural geology and active tectonics, in memory of Prof. Giampaolo Pialli. Giampaolo Pialli was a brilliant structural and regional geologist of the University of Perugia suddenly died 20 years ago, at the age of 59. The “CRUST” meeting had the main…
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14/07/2019 0

Field reconnaissance in the epicentral area of the 1808 Pellice Valley earthquake

Pellice Valley lies in the SW Piedmont region (N Italy), in a structurally complex area where the Alps-Apennines junction is located. Piedmont is a region where a low seismic release rate is domiant, except for the so-called Pinerolese seismic zone and for some historical events, including the damaging 1808 Pellice Valley seismic sequence (Mw max…
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11/07/2019 0

Geolympics 3: Football field and macroseismic field

While waiting for the FIFA World Cup Final, here’s another #Geolympics post on football! Intensity measures the effects of an earthquake on humans, the built environment and nature (earthquake-induced effects, such as landslides, liquefaction, tsunamis). Commonly adopted macroseismic scales (MM: Modified Mercalli, EMS: European Macroseismic Scale) comprise 12 degrees, from the lowest (perceived by seismometers…
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05/07/2019 3

Geolympics live: a trip to Grenoble

The football Women’s World Cup has come to the round of 16. I decided to purchase a ticket for a match; my choice was for the 1st match of the round of 16 in Grenoble. It happened to be Germany vs Nigeria – but at the time of my booking, I didn’t know. Here’s my…
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24/06/2019 1

Curious about the fault responsible for 1908 Messina earthquake?

  A successfull collaboration with colleagues from Birkbeck College, UCL and University of Plymouth was carried out in last months in order to identify the fault responsible for the 1908 Messina earthquake. Hystorical data and new insights have been used for the research, which resulted in the publication of a new paper. You can read…
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24/06/2019 0