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Catalogue of the Strong Earthquakes 461 a.C.-1997 | CFTI

The Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia or CFTI (Catalogue of Strong Italian Earthquakes) is the result of nearly 20 years of cooperative work of  the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (ING), and later of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), with researchers of the Italian firm SGA Storia Geofisica Ambiente. The catalogue first appeared as a CD-ROM database in 1995 (CFTI 1); a second and a third release were published in 1997 and 2000, respectively (CFTI 2 and CFTI 3). In 2000 the Catalogue was also published as a web-accessible database, later completed by a GIS-like interface.


The Catalogue of Strong Italian Earthquakes comprises a collection of original studies, a set of pre-defined historical and critical commentaries and a list of intensity assessments for each of over 300 damaging Italian earthquakes. Focal parameters are supplied for several hundreds of minor earthquakes. The Catalogue is essentially a tool for the investigation of the effects of the strongest earthquakes that have affected Italy in historical times. As such, it is not intended to be “complete” and hence should not be used for conventional seismic hazard assessment analyses.


The database can be accessed “by earthquake”, i.e. by selecting the specific earthquake of interest, or “by locality”, i.e. by analyzing the seismic history of a given site. The commentaries supply information on the data available in previous catalogues and the state and development of the earthquake review, the main effects of the earthquake in relation with the social and demographic contexts and with building styles, the full chronology of the shocks and on any possible effects on the environment (surface faulting, landsliding, tsunami).


Boschi, E., G. Ferrari, P. Gasperini, E. Guidoboni, G. Smriglio and G. Valensise (eds) (1995). Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia dal 461 a.C. al 1980 (ING, Roma - SGA, Bologna), pp. 973, with database on CD-ROM.

Boschi, E., E. Guidoboni, G. Ferrari, G. Valensise and P. Gasperini (eds) (1997). Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia dal 461 A.C. al 1990 (ING, Roma – SGA, Bologna), pp. 644, with database on CD-ROM.

Boschi, E., E. Guidoboni, G. Ferrari, D. Mariotti, G. Valensise and P. Gasperini (eds) (2000). Catalogue of Strong Italian Earthquakes, Ann. Geofis., 43 (4), pp. 268, with database on CD-ROM.