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Submission + - Californian seismologist testifies against scientists in quake manslaughter case (nature.com)

ananyo writes: The courthouse in L’Aquila, Italy, yesterday hosted a highly anticipated hearing in the trial of six seismologists and one government official indicted for manslaughter over their reassurances to the public ahead of a deadly earthquake in 2009 (see http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110526/full/news.2011.325.html). During the hearing, the former head of the Italian Department of Civil Protection turned from key witness into defendant, and a seismologist from California criticized Italy’s top earthquake experts. Lalliana Mualchin, former chief seismologist for the Department of Transportation in California, criticized the Italian analysis, which he says was based on a poor model. If the court agrees with Mualchin, the defendants could face up to 12 years in jail.
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Californian seismologist testifies against scientists in quake manslaughter case

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