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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Weathermen Beware! 6 Italian Scientists convicted for not predicting earthquakes!

(Reuters) - Scientists reacted with alarm to the manslaughter conviction of six earthquake experts inItaly for failing to give adequate warning of the 2009 earthquake in the city of L'Aquila that killed 308 people.
Scientists warned that researchers in areas involving unpredictable natural threats, like volcanology and even meteorology, will now be more reluctant to offer advice and insight to the public.
"If it stands, this verdict will have a chilling effect on earthquake science in Italy and throughout Europe," said Sandy Steacy, professor of earthquake physics at the University of Ulster.

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