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    PaleosismologyRecent major progress in Quaternary Geology and Tectonics studies in Italy are deeply related with the extraordinary development of palaeoseismological and archaeoseismological analyses in the past 20 years.
    Italian seismic landscapes are beautifully exposed and assorted: capable faulting and thrusts, for instance in the Po Plain Foredeep, hit by the Modena M6.0 event in 2012; rifting and basin-and-range topography in the Apennines, typified by the palaeoseismic setting of the 2009 M6.3 L’Aquila earthquake and 2016-2017 Central Italy seismic sequence (M up to 6.5); strike-slip faulting in the Gargano Promontory; volcanic earthquake surface faulting at Mt. Etna; extensive tsunami and palaeotsunami stratigraphic records in the Salento, Messina and Siracusa areas.
    Always accompanied by spectacular archaeoseismological evidence, Italy is therefore a natural laboratory for understanding the role played by earthquake effects in the Quaternary evolution of actively deforming regions, also as a major contribution to global seismic risk mitigation strategies.