Italian seismologists could face jail term

Trial of six Italian scientists and former government official over 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila has opened.

    Six Italian scientists and a government official could be spending the next four years in prison for allegedly downplaying the risk of an earthquake in the town of L'Aquila in 2009.

    Their trial has worried scientists, who point out that precise earthquake prediction is just not possible, though the men had assured townspeople the buildings were safe despite repeated tremors.

    Al Jazeera’s Claudio Lavanga reports from L'Aquila.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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