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For those readers following the recent Italian regional court decision where six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila, it would be no surprise that the head of Italy’s disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has resigned today in protest of such a decision.

This is the end of scientists giving consultations to the state,” warned Prof Maiani, a world-renowned physicist who was director general of the Cern nuclear research center in Switzerland from 1999-2003.

Given the many obvious and potential ramifications of this decision to all predictions of earthquake status around the globe, how would you weigh in on this decision?

To assist your thoughts and comments on this question, our staff has listed some relevant links to recent stories about this decision:

“Scientists in the dock over L’Aquila earthquake

Homeland Security News Wire: “Italian seismologists sent to jail for failing to predict earthquake

“Will Italy’s L’Aquila quake verdict have a chill on science?”

“The l’Aquila Verdict. A Judgment Not Against Science, but Against A Failure of Scientists to Communicate”

“Jailing the seismic seven will cause tremors beyond Italy”

“Hear rumbling? It’s the sound of Italy’s disaster preparedness force crumbling”

Please share with our readers any other related story addressing this potentially high risk mitigation possibility.

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