Italy jails scientists over quake prediction

Italy jails scientists over quake prediction

Italy jails scientists over quake prediction

Updated 23 October 2012, 22:17 AEDT

There's been international outrage at the decision of an Italian court to jail six scientists and a government official for manslaughter over the l'Aquila earthquake that killed 309 people in 2009.

 

Prosecutors argued six members of Italy's National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks gave a misleading statement when they said an earthquake was unlikely to occur.

All seven will appeal against the verdict, which sections of the scientific community have warned has implications for anyone giving scientific advice.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Dr Bruce Malamud, a specialist in natural and environmental hazards at Kings College in London
 

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