The remarkable story of the bus-sized boulders that rolled through an Italian farm at the beginning of February now has some amazing aerial video footage to go with it. Check it out. [Source: YouTube via […]
In 2009, an unfortunate earthquake near L’Aquila, Italy caused the death of 309 people. The Italian authorities decided that a group of some six expert geoprofessionals were guilty of manslaughter for failing to predict the […]
On 22 October, 2012, an Italian court convicted six internationally respected scientists of manslaughter. The scientists Enzo Boschi, Giulio Selvaggi, Franco Barberi, Claudio Eva, Mauro Dolce, and Gian Michele Calvi have been sentenced to prison terms, barred from public office, and ordered to pay court costs and damages.
Their offense could have been avoided by precisely predicting the timing and nature of the tragic 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila. However, such precise, short-term earthquake prediction of the type evidently sought by L’Aquila is currently impossible. Because of the ungainly complexity of earthquake systems, knowledge of physical details is incomplete; the diverse expressions of earthquake processes deliver contradictory messages; and measurements of earthquake phenomena can be inaccurate. Glaringly, the indictment accused the scientists of having provided “incomplete”, “contradictory”, and “inaccurate” information.
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In a ruling that has rocked the geophysical community, six Italian scientists and one government official have been sentenced to 6 years in prison for failing to give adequate warning of a 2009 earthquake that […]
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Italy on Sunday, killing several and leaving an estimated 3,000 people homeless. A number of renaissance era buildings were damaged or destroyed in a region known for it’s production of […]
The landmark City of Venice, Italy is known for it’s world famous canals, architecture and for some…its flooding. Part of the problem has been blamed on ground subsidence from pumping of shallow ground water in […]
The investigation is underway to determine the cause of last week’s fatal landslide along an Italian Rail line that resulted in the death of 9 and another 30 more people injured. Although the volume of […]
This amazing video has been making its way around the geoblogosphere as well as the mainstream media. Pretty remarkable. It ranks up there with the Japanese Landslide Video.