For any planning on being an Italian Geologist...don't

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newbielink:http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/27/italian-scientist-charged-manslaughter-failing-predict-earthquake/ [nonactive]

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« Reply #1 on: 27/05/2011 19:14:54 »
Odd.

Italy has a lot of brick buildings, many were built before earthquake standards.  They also frequently have at least minor earthquakes. 

Somebody must have been looking for a scapegoat.

Not to jump subjects too much, but one of the questions that will be argued in Japan is whether one can actually differentiate foreshocks, aftershocks, and the main quake. 

Had they treated the March 9 earthquake and related quakes as foreshocks, then the March 11 earthquake might have been far less devastating including being able to completely prevent the meltdown at Fukushima, and perhaps better preparing for the tsunami. 

But, even when they are in the middle of a multi-day event, it is difficult to predict what will happen next.

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« Reply #2 on: 27/05/2011 19:54:50 »
I think the legal system in Italy is, shall we say, interesting.
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« Reply #3 on: 28/05/2011 17:30:18 »
My insurance company treats earthquakes as an "act of God" so surely they should be charging the church rather than the scientists.
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« Reply #4 on: 28/05/2011 18:14:29 »
My insurance company treats earthquakes as an "act of God" so surely they should be charging the church rather than the scientists.

Good point! I've signed you up as an expert witness for the defence  [:D]


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« Reply #5 on: 28/05/2011 18:18:47 »
My insurance company treats earthquakes as an "act of God" so surely they should be charging the church rather than the scientists.
I suppose someone forgot to pray to the deceased Pope John Paul II.

Perhaps one could charge the Geologist for not developing a conduit for communication with the dead guy!!!