Italian Archive of Historical Earthquake Data



Linked initiatives

   Italian Macroseismic Database

   Parametric Catalogue of Italian Earthquakes

   European Archive of Historical Earthquake Data

The Italian Historical Macroseismic Archive ASMI (Archivio Storico Macrosismico Italiano) provides access to data on more than 5000 Italian earthquakes in the period 461 b.C to 2014, deriving from more than 300 seismological studies. For each earthquake, different kinds of studies are accessible, giving a wide perspective on the multiplicity of the available information.

The archive is accessible either by earthquake or by study, and data are presented as texts (original studies, descriptions of the earthquake effects, possibly), tables (earthquake parameters, macroseismic intensities), and maps (interactive maps showing epicentres, and intensity distributions).

ASMI is a platform giving access to different studies and alternative data on the same earthquake, and is the basic tool for the collection, homogenization, comparison and validation of the data for the compilation of the Italian Macroseismic Database (DBMI), and the Parametric Catalogue of Italian Earthquakes (CPTI).


2017-11-17 New study archived. “Evidence of active tectonics in southern Italy: the Rossano fault (Calabria)” by Galli et al. 2010.

2017-11-11 New study archived. “Macroseismic fields of the main Friuli shocks of 1976” by Procházková et al. 1979.

2017-10-23 Web. Publicly available new web services for accessing ASMI data, still experimental, use with care.

2017-09-26 New study archived. “Materiali per un catalogo di eruzioni di Vulcano e di terremoti delle Isole Eolie e della Sicilia nordorientale (secc. XV-XIX)” by Barbano M.S., Castelli V., Pirrotta C.

2017-09-25 New study archived. “The little-known earthquakes of 1643 in Sicily” di Galli P.

2017-09-25 New study archived. “The 1933 Majella earthquake (Central Italy): a reappraisal of the intensity distribution” by Pallone F. e Galli P.

2017-06-30 Web. The website of the Italian Historical Macroseismic Archive (ASMI) is open to the public.

2017-05-10 New study archived. "The 7 and 11 May 1984 earthquakes in Abruzzo-Latium (Central Italy): reappraisal of the existing macroseismic datasets according to the EMS98", by Graziani L., Tertulliani A., Maramai A., Rossi A., and Arcoraci L..

2016-12-16 New study archived. "Aggiornamento delle conoscenze sul terremoto del 28 luglio 1799 nel sub-Appennino maceratese", by Monachesi G., Castelli V., and Camassi R.

ASMI is part of the European Archive of Historical Earthquake Data (AHEAD) portal, the European node for the collection and distribution of historical earthquake data in the framework of EPOS.

ASMI was partially supported by the Agreement “B2-2016” between the Italian Civil Protection Department and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia.