Cat Can't Scratch It
- May 9, 2000
This certainly could be a deal breaker for future study of seismology in Italy. Seven seismologists, who held a press conference prior to an earthquake reassuring the populace that no danger was imminent, have been charged with manslaughter. The group’s assurance of no pending quake slowed the effort to evacuate the town. In the ensuing earthquake, 308 residents died as a result.
The prospect of scientists' words being parsed in a court of law, though, is one that might make large brains all over the world shudder with trepidation.