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?
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