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Online Material: Google Street Views of damaged structures, with KMZ files showing locations of photos.
The Mw 6.3 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in the Italian Abruzzi Mountains occurred on 6 April at 3:33 local time (Chiaraluce et al., 2010; Di Luccio and Pino, 2010). The earthquake caused widespread damage in the city of L’Aquila and the surrounding villages. Official sources reported 307 casualties and some 1500+ injured persons and 65,000+ homeless. This earthquake is one of the best‐recorded normal‐faulting events, and it is the first significant earthquake that directly struck a highly populated Italian city in the last 100 years. Published works abound on the source mechanism (Herrmann et al., 2011), surface effects and deformations (i.e., Anzidei et al., 2009; Emergeo Working Group, 2009; Falcucci et al., 2009; Vittori et al., 2011), strong motion records and simulations (De Luca et al., 2005; Ameri et al., 2009; Pacor et al., 2010; Sabetta, 2010; Smerzini and Villani, 2012; Ugurhan et al., 2012), and the macroseismic effects (Azzaro et al., 2010; Tertulliani et al., 2011; Tertulliani et al., 2012). Cucci and Tertulliani (2011) and Castellano et al. (2012) examined earthquake‐rotated objects (EROs) in the mesoseismal zone of the earthquake.
During a field survey in 2011, we documented several EROs with the terrestrial laser‐scanning technique (Hinzen et al., 2013a). Even though this survey was conducted 27 months after the main earthquake struck the region, significant damage was still visible. In the so‐called red zone of L’Aquila, interim measures of protection had been installed, but included only isolated reconstructions or new buildings. For documentary and teaching purposes, many digital photographs were taken in L’Aquila, Paganica, and some other surrounding villages (Fig. 1). During the cataloging of these photos, Google Earth software was used to map the …