Six Italian scientists face up to six years in prison because they failed to predict an earthquake.
The seismologists were part of the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks when a court found them guilty of providing "inexact, incomplete and contradictory" information regarding an earthquake that occurred at l’Aquila in April 2009. The ruling has prompted a significant international outcry including an open letter to the Italian president from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
"Years of research, much of it conducted by distinguished scientists in your own country, have demonstrated that there is no accepted scientific method for earthquake prediction that can be reliably used to warn citizens of an impending disaster," read the letter which was signed by 5,000 scientists.
"Anyone who has been feeling that life these days is not sufficiently medieval need look no further than the Italian seismologists just sentenced for manslaughter for failing to predict an earthquake they had no scientific basis to believe was coming."
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Source: Washington Post
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