2011-09-17 04:43:55Next week six scientists and an official go on trial in Italy for manslaughter over the earthquake in L'Aquila that killed 309 people two years ago.
perseus

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This extraordinary case has attracted international attention because science itself seemed to be on trial, with the seven defendants apparently charged for failing to predict the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck on the night of 6 April 2009. Scientists cannot yet say when an earthquake is going to happen with any precision, even in a seismically active zone. And over 5,000 scientists from around the world have signed a letter supporting those on trial......

The prosecution team said they never intended to put science on trial, that they know it is not possible to predict an earthquake. What they are questioning is whether the six scientists and the official on trial, who together constitute Italy's Commission of Grand Risks, did their jobs properly. That is, did they weigh up all the risks, and communicate these clearly to the authorities seeking their advice?..........

John McCloskey, professor of geophysics at Ulster University, said these scientists have spent their lives producing some of the most sophisticated seismic maps in the world. He said it is an "outrage" that they are now on trial for manslaughter, adding that he signed the letter because "their peril is our peril".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9593123.stm

2011-09-17 05:02:24
grypo

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horrific

2011-09-17 05:34:04
nealjking

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It's a good thing they're not facing trial in Texas:

- They'd either be convicted for being responsible or for being real (= fake) scientists

- They'd face the death penalty

2011-09-17 06:41:33
Riccardo

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The situation is a bit more complicated than how it is depicted by the BBC report, but no doubt it's an outrage.

2011-09-17 17:36:33
Glenn Tamblyn

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Riccardo, you are closer to this than the rest of us. What is the grounds for the prosecution and why these particular individuals?

The world really is going mad. Thats probably Global Warming too. Or maybe those secret additives on Coke...