The L'Aquila earthquake: Science or risk on trial?
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 9, Issue 6, pages 13–16, December 2012
How to Cite
Prats, J. (2012), The L'Aquila earthquake: Science or risk on trial?. Significance, 9: 13–16. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00615.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
On April 6th 2009 a major earthquake devastated the Italian town of L'Aquila, with the loss of 309 lives. In October this year six scientists and a government official were sentenced to 6 years each for providing “Significance, incomplete and contradictory information” on the probability and risk of an earthquake and for falsely reassuring the population. Jordi Prats examines the case.