A seismologist in Italy is still fighting his conviction to six years on manslaughter charges in Italy for inadequately informing the Italian public that a mountainous area of Abruzzo was vulnerable to earthquakes, even though his group had marked the area as an earthquake hazard on a public map.  The area was struck by a 6.3 quake in 2009, killing 309 people and damaging thousands of buildings dating to medieval times.  Yes, they are in prison.

Four members of the Major Risks Commission quit in protest the day after Enzo Boschi, five of his seismology colleagues, and a government official were convicted on these charges.  His letter of protest was published in a recent issue of Science (paywalled).


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