A court in L’Aquila had sentenced seven disaster experts to 6-years prison for their failure to predict the 6.3-magnitude quake which killed 308 persons and destroyed many parts of L’Aquila in 2009.
The experts belonged to the group called the ‘Great Risks Commission’.
As a result, four other scientists have decided to quit office in protest because of the punishment meted out for a natural disaster that cannot be predicted with certainty.
This has been reported in nzherald.co.nz of dated the 24th of October 2012.
The reasons for punishing were the attitude of the experts in not sharing information – they failed to take cognizance of several minor tremors over the weeks preceding the actual quake.
Those who have resigned are the Commission President Luciano Maiani and two other members apart from a top official for earthquake and volcano risk in the national Department of Civil Protection.
In the opinion of Maiani, the ruling of the court made it impossible to carry out their work in a ‘calm and efficient’ way.
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