Italian Verdict Shows Scientists Who Predict Hazards Face Risks Themselves

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Rescuers combed the rubble in a village near L'Aquila after a violent earthquake devastated the Italian region in April 2009. Seven officials, including four scientists, were convicted of manslaughter this week for failing to warn of the impending quake.
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Aftershocks from an Italian court decision this week continued to ripple through the scientific and public-safety communities on Tuesday, as four officials in Italian risk-assessment and civil-protection agencies resigned to protest the manslaughter...

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