October 23rd, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Scientists aghast after colleagues convicted of manslaughter over Italy quake

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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  1. gcom

    I was wondering where my KANGAROO went!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. New Rules

    So if I'm an Italian Geologist, the next time there is a tremor, I'm telling everyone to flee, and not return until a year after the tremors stop.

    It's a shame these guys will probably serve their sentences before the country gets a clue.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan Brooks

    I was going to buy an expensive Italian car this year. I will just have to keep my astro van.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. jed

    If act of God then jail God.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. stephen

    @richard You would be 100% correct.

    I am amazed that they were convicted. What does this say of the Italian court system? Oh ... nm.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ron

    This is what should happen to politicions, Not Scientist's.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. jemzinthekop

    Insanity

    October 23, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    They should just say there will be an earthquake everyday to cover there tails.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Total2199

    Is Holy Inquisition back again????

    October 23, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. roger

    But science cannot possibly be wrong, just ask the global warming alarmists !

    October 23, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. fuzzy math?

    Striking to see a secular court system behave like irrational religious fundamentalists.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vizpit

    Jail the scientist,but let ship captains go.Strange country.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pushover

    This is without a doubt the worst court decision ever. Maybe they should be jailing the building inspectors instead.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Neil

    This is ridiculous!

    Free these scientists now!

    October 23, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Me?!?

    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.

    Wait what? Earthquake predicting you said?!? Italy already figured it out?!? Not quite...

    October 23, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • What???

      I thought the dark ages were over....

      October 23, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
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