A 6.3 strength earthquake struck L’Aquila, in Italy’s Abruzzo region at 3.32 a.m. on April 6, 2009, wrecking tens of thousands of buildings, injuring more than 1,000 people and killing hundreds of others in their sleep…
..An Italian court convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter…Monday and sentenced them to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning of (the) deadly earthquake
At the heart of the case was whether the government-appointed experts gave an overly reassuring picture of the risks facing the town, which contained many ancient and fragile buildings and which had been partially destroyed three times by earthquakes over the centuries.
The prosecution had asked for a sentence of four years.
We know profs at CU who know scientists at the NEIC. When appraised of the Italian scientists’ situation the NEIC scientists responded with disbelief and horror.
“Those tremors, the previous ones, would in no way quantitatively indicate, much less ‘forecast’, a major quake. In any time period. It’s like playing the lottery; the odds remain the same for any given earthquake prone area from day to day. You could have had a significant temblor the day before and nothing for 5 years – the odds remain the same each day.”
So…witch hunt.Because, let’s face it, no civilized country would go after scientists for interpreting technology that at best gives up to a minute’s warning of a quake.
But we keep forgetting that Italy is full of superstitious people who believe in an imaginary being that will protect them – in their mud and stone hovels – from all manner of calamity. And when that doesn’t happen – witches! 1