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Italy quake: comparisons and contrasts with Christchurch – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the central Italian town of Amatrice, badly damaging the town and trapping people under rubble. At least six people are reported to have lost their lives so far. Dr Mark Quigley was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Canterbury when the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes struck Christchurch. […]

Italy quake experts cleared of manslaughter

Laura Goodall posted in on November 11th, 2014.

An Italian court has overturned manslaughter convictions against six scientists for failing to give adequate warning of an 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila, Italy.  The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck L’Aquila, in Italy’s central Abruzzo region, on 6 April 2009, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and killing or injuring more than 1,500 […]

Learning from L’Aquila – and why Canterbury is different

Peter Griffin posted in on October 25th, 2012.

by Dr Mark Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Tectonics and Geomorphology at the University of Canterbury and the 2011 Prime Minister’s Science Communicator’s Prize winer Six scientists and one government official have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison for how they assessed and communicated risk prior to the magnitude 6.3 […]

L’Aquila convictions about science communication, not about quake prediction

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

A statement released by GNS Science on the conviction of Italian scientists on manslaughter charges: The manslaughter conviction of six scientists and a government official in the wake of the magnitude 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy in 2009 is a complex matter involving legal, scientific, emotional and political aspects. It is also concerned with a […]

Earthquake scientists guilty of manslaughter in Italy – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

Overnight six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty of manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in the town of L’Aquila in 2009. All seven were members of the Major Risks Committee and were sentenced to six years in prison for failing to warn the population of the risks just […]

Italy quake trial gains NZ attention

John Kerr posted in on September 22nd, 2011.

The trial of six seismologists and an official in Italy in the wake of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake has become the focus of media attention in NZ as the accountability of scientists is examined. The Italian earthquake experts are being charge with manslaught following allegation that the misrepresented the risk of an earthquake following a […]

Kiwi scientists support Italian seismologists on trial

John Kerr posted in on September 21st, 2011.

Several Italian earthquake scientists are currently standing trial for manslaughter, after accusations that their lack of warnings led to the deaths of hundreds when a 6.3 magnitude quake struck the city of l’Aquila in 2009. New Zealand’s research community has spoken out in defence of the scientists, with several high profile geologists publicly backing the […]

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