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Italy: L'Aquila Earthquake 2009

Total number of news: 17

date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Accurately communicating the risk of an earthquake based on still-evolving science and technology is one of the biggest challenges seismologists face, according to the Japan-based International Association for Earthquake Engineering...


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date: 1 November 2012
Source(s): Irish Times, the

'Had scientists, well-trained in the communication of sensitive and uncertain information, been talking to people who understood the seismic hazard of their area and the nuances of probabilistic forecasting, the L’Aquila earthquake would have killed many fewer people'...


date: 30 October 2012
Source(s): Gazzetta del Sud, S.E.S. Società Editrice Sud

Italy's principal natural-disaster risk-assessment body suspended its resignation, as a sign of 'solidarity with the scientific community on the part of the government.' The president of the Major Risks Commission credited the move to 'a very important and encouraging signal'...


date: 23 October 2012
Source(s): Dipartimento della Protezione Civile, Italy - gov

Il Presidente Maiani ritiene 'che la situazione creatasi a seguito della sentenza di ieri sui fatti dell’Aquila sia incompatibile con un sereno ed efficace svolgimento dei compiti della Commissione e con il suo ruolo di alta consulenza nei confronti degli organi dello Stato'...


date: 23 October 2012
Source(s): 2003 Group for Scientific Research, the (2003 Group)

A L'Aquila sono stati violati diritti fondamentali, troppe volte. È successo per tutti gli ultimi decenni, quando palazzinari e tecnici compiacenti delle autorità locali hanno costruito e autorizzato edifici (compresi grandi edifici pubblici come la Casa dello Studente) in spregio delle norme antisismiche, in una delle zone più sismiche d'Europa, dice il 2003 Group...


date: 23 October 2012
Source(s): American Geophysical Union (AGU)

For scientists to be effective, they must be able to make good faith efforts to present the results of their research without the risk of prosecution, asserts the AGU. Outcomes such as the one seen in Italy could ultimately discourage scientists from advising their governments, from communicating the results of their research to the public...


date: 22 October 2012
Source(s): British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

The case has alarmed the scientific community and might set a damaging precedent, dissuading experts from sharing their knowledge with the public for fear of being prosecuted, the BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome reports...


date: 22 October 2012
Source(s): LiveScience, TechMediaNetwork

The likelihood of death for citizens in L'Aquila's least-safe buildings was low enough to be better ameliorated by retrofitting dangerous buildings than evacuating entire towns for indeterminate lengths of time on the slight chance of a quake...


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date: 21 May 2012
Source(s): La Repubblica

'Un terremoto è impossibile da prevedere, ma non lo è prevenirne le conseguenze, grazie allo studio del territorio,' ha detto Gian Paolo Cavinato, ricercatore dell'Istituto di Geologia del Cnr. 'La prevenzione è al momento l'unica arma in nostro possesso contro i terremoti ed è importante realizzare strumenti operativi per la riduzione del rischio sismico'...


date: 5 March 2012
Source(s): Piazza Grande Quotidiano

L’intera comunità di scienze della Terra si è da sempre confrontata sul tema dei terremoti, delle eruzioni vulcaniche, degli impatti cosmici e degli tsunami, senza confonderli con i presunti disastri nucleari in assenza di fusione del nocciolo di qualsivoglia reattore a fissione giapponese...


date: 4 October 2011
Source(s): Chronicle of Higher Education, the

The trial of scientists charged after L'Aquila earthquake illustrates the challenges that scientists increasingly face as they take part in advising the public about potential emergencies...


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date: 20 September 2011
Source(s): British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Seven members of a government panel tasked with assessing the risks after hundreds of low-level tremors are due to go on trial for manslaughter over the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, reports the BBC...


date: 28 June 2010
Source(s): National Environment Research Council (NERC)

When a powerful earthquake struck Italy's Abruzzo region last year, UK Earth scientists were on the scene quickly to help authorities understand what had happened. Richard Phillips describes what they found...


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date: 11 November 2009
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

The World Bank and the Italian Civil Protection Department have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join efforts towards advancing the agenda of disaster risk reduction, sustainable recovery, and reconstruction in disaster-prone developing countries...


date: 16 April 2009
Source(s): Institut de Radio Protection et de Sûreté Nucleaire (IRSN), France - gov

Après le tremblement de terre d'avril 2009 à L'Aquila, une polémique s’est engagée en Italie à la suite d’informations sur la prédiction de ce séisme par un scientifique travaillant à l'Observatoire National du Gran Sasso...


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date: 8 April 2009
Source(s): La Repubblica

La vulnerabilità dell'ospedale San Salvatore all'Aquila, un edificio costruito 15 anni fa, dopo il terremoto del 6 aprile nella regione abruzzese non è passata inosservata all'UNISDR...


date: 6 April 2009
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Applying earthquake resistant features to new buildings can add, on average, less than five per cent more to the costs, whereas retrofitting existing structures can be around three times more...