n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Italian weather scientists and sports scientists - is there a link? : editorial

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



A few weeks ago an Italian court convicted seven weather scientists for manslaughter. Their crime? They failed to adequately warn residents before a tremor struck central Italy in 2009. More than 300 people were killed as a result of the quake. The scientists were sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment for giving 'inexact, incomplete and contradictory information' about whether small tremors felt in the weeks and months before the earthquake constituted grounds for a more serious warning about an impending earthquake. Although the scientists claimed that the science of tremors was not sufficiently reliable to predict earthquakes, the judge did not share this view.

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