Alexandra Witze, Earth in action

Alexandra Witze, Earth in action

Italian earthquake verdict exposes rifts between science and society

By Science News, 15:28 PM January 14, 2013

SN Prime | January 14, 2013 | Vol. 3, No. 2

Sometimes a little shake-up is exactly what scientists need to make a major breakthrough. Other times it can send them to jail.

Six Italian researchers and one government official have each been sentenced to six years in prison for their role in communicating — or failing to communicate — seismic risks in L’Aquila, Italy. That beautiful medieval town was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the wee hours of April 6, 2009. More than 30...

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