A court in L’Aquila, Italia, on Monday handed six-year-prison sentences to members of a national “Great Risks Commission”. Although science has still not yet the means of predicting earthquakes, the scientists nevertheless stated that

“It is unlikely that an earthquake like the one in 1703 could occur in the short term, …”

Six days later, the disaster struck and the L’Aquila 2009 earthquake killed over 300 people and left 1,500 injured.

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