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Catalogue of the Italian Tsunamis

The Italian Tsunami Catalogue (ITC) presented here can be viewed as the improvement and updating of the Tinti and Maramai catalogue (Catalogue of tsunamis generated in Italy and Cote d'Azur, France: a step towards a unified catalogue of tsunamis in Europe; Annali di Geofisica, vol.XXXIX, n.6, pagg.1253-1299, 1996) and it is the result of an intense scrutiny of the original sources of data  The ITC is in the form of a digital database, that was implemented through the Visual FoxPro 6.0 DBMS with the main purpose of building a rigorous and easy-to-use working tool for scientists as well as for people involved in hazard and risk reduction in coastal areas. The ITC spans a time interval of 2000 years, covering the period from the Plinian eruption of Vesuvius (79AD) until today and it contains 72 events. Through the main catalogue screen, the user is allowed to browse the database and to get all the information concerning a selected event (occurrence date, cause, detailed description, references, etc.). Furthermore, by means of functional buttons, the user can perform data extractions according to several key combinations (date, generation, sub-region, tsunami intensity, cause, etc.) and also access the related database of the references containing more than 270 entries. In addition to data in the form of text, the ITC also includes a gallery of images documenting tsunami damage and a unique set of analogue tide-gauge records. A further section of statistics provides space and time distribution of the events, tables and histograms.
The ITC is the main part of a paper intitled “The new Catalogue of Italian Tsunamis” by Tinti S., Maramai A. and Graziani L. (Natural Hazards, 33, 3, pp.439-465, 2004).
As occurs for all catalogues, especially for those in digital form, the ITC is under a process of continuous maintenance, revision and updating.
The ITC has been realized in the frame of a project financed by  the GNDT/INGV (Gruppo Nazionale per la Difesa dai Terremoti – Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia).

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The ITC Database contains data, information, texts and elaborations prepared by researchers of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), in collaboration with the Physics Department of the University of Bologna (DFUNIBO). INGV and DFUNIBO reserve the intellectual property of the data and allow the use only for scientific purposes provided that the user references to: Tinti S., Maramai A., Graziani L. (2007). The Italian Tsunami Catalogue (ITC), Version 2.