A group of Italian seismologists are on trial for manslaughter. Supposedly, they’re responsible for the hundreds of deaths following a big earthquake they didn’t see coming. If convicted, they face up to 12 years in prison.
They’re not being blamed for failing to predict the earthquake. They’re being blamed for thinking the series of small quakes was dispersing seismic energy enough that a large quake was “unlikely” but could not be ruled out.
Supposedly, if they’d been less cautious and more scare-mongery, all those 309 people who died in the unlikely Big One would have sensibly packed up and left town.
Suuure they would. Just like how … knowing they lived in an earthquake prone area, they somehow did not manage to build earthquake-proof houses.
The day after the Big One, Reuters reported “shocked Italians asked how modern buildings — not just historic churches and stone houses — could crumble into pieces in a region known for its high seismic risk.”
Franco Barberi, who heads a committee assessing earthquake risks at Italy’s Civil Protection agency, told reporters there is a “lack of control on the quality of construction” there and that “in California, an earthquake like this one would not have killed a single person.”
Is this the Socialist Grasshopper mindset or what? Don’t prepare for the future, then blame the Ants when the predictable happens.
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