Six seismologists and one government official in Italy are on trial for alleged negligence and manslaughter by failing to warn the residents of the city of L'Aquila of the earthquake that hit the area in 2009.
... If found guilty they could be imprisoned for up to 15 years.
... Most of the deaths were blamed, however, on the collapse of buildings that had not been constructed according to the standards required for a quake-risk region.Nuts! The location, timing and magnitude of earthquakes cannot be predicted. Period. Besides, l'Aquila lies in a zone of known earthquake vulnerability with records dating back centuries. If there is a crime here it wasn't the seismologists who committed it. Rather, look at those responsible for building construction (for negligence) and the prosecutors (for stupidity).