UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Earthquake Hazard in the Apennines, Italy

Improving our ability to manage earthquakes and increase our resilience to them requires a better understanding of where and when earthquakes will occur.

7 November 2016

Key to this is understanding the behaviour of earthquake faults. Dr Joanna Faure Walker investigates seismic hazard in Italy, with a focus on fault geometry and interaction. She is on the executive committee of the Fault2SHA ESC Working Group and leads the Fault2SHA Central Apennines Laboratory. This European working group aims to link faults and probabilistic seismic hazard assessment communities in Europe. The Central Apennines Fault2SHA laboratory has been set up to provide a forum within the FAULT2PSHA Working Group for collaboration between those with research relating to fault-based seismic hazard in the central Apennines region. The initial team includes scientists from Italy, France and the UK, including academics in both universities and civil protection authorities. 

Dr Joanna Faure Walker and Prof David Alexander were co-Investigators on a NERC urgency grant funding the EEFIT mission to Italy following the 2016 Amatrice earthquake investigating both the physical parameters of the rupture and the impacts in terms of both building damage and the people affected. Joanna collaborates with Professor Gerald Roberts, former IRDR Executive member, who led a major NERC multi-partner international project investigating past earthquakes in the central Apennines. Joanna has supervised 2 former PhD students, and is currently supervising a further two investigating Italian earthquake faulting.