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Seismologists’ convictions overturned

An Italian court of appeal has quashed the 2012 convictions of six out of seven Italian scientists for their public statements in advance of an earthquake that killed 309 people at Aquila in 2009.

Fabrizia Ida Francabandera, judge at the court of appeal of L’Aquila cleared all the scientists of the charges of manslaughter on 10 November, a source in the court confirmed to Research Europe. 

The seven scientists—one volcanologist, one geophysicist, and four seismologists— were part of the staff of Italy’s National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks in 2009. Relatives of the victims and survivors of the 6.3 magnitude quake that destroyed the capital of the Abruzzo region sued them for negligence and malpractice in their assessment of the risks of an earthquake in comments made a few days before the disaster.

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