Abruzzo Earthquake: Yesterday, the Court of L’Aquila sentenced seven scientists for irresponsibility
Yesterday, seven scientists have been condemned to six years of prison by their irresponsible actuation in relationship with the earthquake in the Abruzzo (Italy) in 2009.
The Court of L’Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo, condemned yesterday to seven members of the Commission of Big Risks.
In April 2009, a week before a big earthquake shook the region of the Abruzzo, they were there without taking any measure of prevention in case of a possible strong earthquake and knowing that several little previous earthquake had been shaking the area.
The Court has considered them culprits of homicide and different serious damages.
At down, on April 6, 2009, Paganica (at 10 kilometers of L’Aquila) was the epicenter of a earthquake (measuring 6,3 degrees on the moment magnitude scale (Mw). The earthquake killed 308 people and wounded more than 1,500 people in the region of the Abruzzo. About 65,000 people were evacuated, almost all of the city, and a great part of them, still today, have not returned to their homes.
The trial started on September 20, 2009 and they have been evaluating the personal damages as well as the ruin of the historical center of L’Aquila, a medieval beautiful city, and of very many villages of the central region in the Abruzzo.
The trial has considered the scientists tremendously irresponsible.
It is a hard sentence but perhaps it is necessary to prevent future disasters. People should take more seriously their work, above all when people can be in distress. We hope this beautiful region recovers soon.