On April 6th 2009 at 3:32 a.m. a strong earthquake (MI Richter 5.8) hit the L’Aquila area (Abruzzi Region, Central Italy). The event was characterized by an extensional movement along NW-SE fault planes with SW-NE extension. The earthquake involved an area more than 30 km long, between L’Aquila and the Aterno River valley. The localities of L’Aquila, Paganica, Tempera, Onna, and other villages were heavily damaged or completely destroyed, and about 300 people died. The earthquake also induced several geomorphological effects such as the reactivation of different type of landslides and the formation of new ones. This work analyzes the geomorphological effects, and particularly the rock falls, which occurred during and immediately after the earthquake and the related morphostructural setting.
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