Verdict in earthquake trial has scientists shaking

October 27, 2012 • Editorial

Top Italian seismologists have been found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of 308 people during the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009.

The seven scientists have been sentenced to six years in prison and slapped with a fine totaling 7.9 million euros (about $10 million) in a case that blames scientists, not poor building standards, for deaths in a natural disaster.

Prosecutors argued the scientists, members of Italy’s National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks, did not warn the public that there would be a massive earthquake. A top official from the government agency, a few weeks before the earthquake, suggested there was “no danger” but that the public should “remain alert, Login to read more

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