By: Mary Smith
Published: May 28, 2021

Seismologist To Stand Trial For Manslaughter

Seismologist Manslaughter - Accusations of manslaughter against Italy’s top seismologist for failing to predict a devastating natural disaster have been likened to a ‘witch hunt’ by leading geologists. It’s a rare trial in Italy that have many people scratching their heads. It’s person is being accused of failing to predict the Italian earthquake that killed 308 people.

Enzo Boschi, president of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), is now facing a trial - along with six others. They are being tried for failing to predict an earthquake that killed 308 people in 2009.

The accusations were made by Italian Government officials. They are saying that the scientists and technicians should have warned the pubic. A spokesman for the U.S. Geological Society (USGS) told ‘It has a medieval flavor to it — like witches are being put on trial.’ The USGS is a scientific agency of the United States government. The scientists of the USGS study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it.

The organization has four major science disciplines, concerning biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. The USGS is a fact-finding research organization with no regulatory responsibility. According to the USGS earthquakes are almost impossible to forecast and no major earthquake has ever been successfully predicted.

Fellow scientist, John Vidale - a seismologist for Washington State and professor at the University of Washington - added, on website Live Science: “One problem is, we don’t know how much stress it takes to break a fault.”

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