Take Two for October 23, 2012

Italian scientists found guilty of failing to predict deadly earthquake

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This picture shows damaged building following the 2009 earthquake on October 22, 2012 in the village of Onna. Six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty the same day of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009, and sentenced to six years in jail in a watershed ruling in a case that has provoked outrage in the international science community.

It's fitting that that our next story comes from the country which sentenced Galileo to house arrest for life after he proved that the earth revolves around the sun.

Now it would appear Italy is once again getting the science wrong. Yesterday an Italian court sentenced six scientists and a government bureaucrat to six years in jail on manslaughter charges for failing to predict a 2009 earthquake. The quake devastated the small city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people.

David Roepik, a risk assessment expert from Harvard, talks about the verdict.


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