Scientists aghast over Italian quake verdicts
Bernardo De Bernardinis, former vice-president of the Civil Protection Agency's technical department, was found guilty.
October 23rd, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Scientists aghast over Italian quake verdicts

Earthquake experts around the world say they are appalled by an Italian court's decision to convict six scientists on manslaughter charges for failing to predict the deadly quake that devastated the city of L'Aquila. They warned the ruling could severely harm future scientific research.

The court in L'Aquila sentenced the scientists and a government official Monday to six years in prison, ruling that they didn't accurately communicate the risk of the earthquake in 2009 that killed more than 300 people.

The trial centered on a meeting a week before the 6.3-magnitude quake struck. At the meeting, the experts determined that it was "unlikely" but not impossible that a major quake would take place, despite concern among the city's residents over recent seismic activity.

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  4. bluenose

    ..so conversely, would those same scientists have been fined or penalized (in the case of an earthquake false alarm),
    had they been deemed TOO AGGRESSIVE somehow in advising the public of possible, impending danger??

    October 24, 2012 at 8:49 am |
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    October 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  6. Mickey1313

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    October 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

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