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Review of Historical Earthquakes in the Lower Middle Ages: Earthquakes of the XIV and XV Centuries

Author: Anne Scottlin

Review of Historical Earthquakes in the Lower Middle Ages: Earthquakes of the XIV and XV Centuries in Catalonia (NE Spain)See Large Version of Cover

The large 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chili sent many historians and geologists scurrying to the history books and historical seismic data. As a  medieval historian, I wondered what kind of seismological data exists from fourteenth and fifteenth century Europe. One enlightening study published in Historical Seismology sheds useful light on the subject.
– Ann Scott –

Abstract:
In 1985 the Geological Survey of Catalonia started a project to compile a comprehensive catalog of seismic activity in Catalonia in order to provide a correct evaluation of seismic hazard. The project concludes with the publication, in 2006, of a book that gathers the results of the interdisciplinary work carried out on the most important historical earthquakes in Catalonia, which took place in the XIV and XV centuries.

One of the most prominent features of this monograph is that it provides a compilation of all the documentation concerning the earthquakes of the late medieval period. For the first time it has been possible to undertake a joint analysis of all the documentation of the earthquakes of the late medieval period in Catalonia and to evaluate these events using homogeneous criteria.

In this paper some methodological aspects of this research are discussed and the main results are given. A catalogue of the earthquakes of the XIV and XV centuries has been compiled. From this catalogue it can be deduced that the earthquake with the greatest intensity, IX, occurred on 2 February 1428 (Mw about 6.5). The second largest earthquake occurred on 3 March 1373, with an epicentral intensity of VIII–IX (Mw about 6.2).

Review of Historical Earthquakes in the Lower Middle Ages: Earthquakes of the XIV and XV Centuries

Book Series: Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
ISSN 1876-1682
Volume 2
Book: Historical Seismology
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
DOI  10.1007/978-1-4020-8222-1
Copyright  2008
ISBN 978-1-4020-8221-4 (Print) 978-1-4020-8222-1 (Online)
Part II
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8222-1_7
Pages: 147-162
Subject Collection: Earth and Environmental Science

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