The Wivenhoe Dam in Queensland, Australia.

I have written previously about risk mitigation in the context of the L’Aquila earthquake and a panel discussion about the Wivenhoe Dam case at the HWRS conference has brought many of the underlying issues to the forefront yet again. At issue is who can judge and who should have the power to judge the action of experts in the wake of disasters?...

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Jailed Italian scientists.

On October 22, 2012, six Italian scientists and a government official were sentenced to 6 years in jail, given lifetime bans on holding public office, and ordered to pay compensation of €7.8m in connection with the L’Aquila earthquake. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake injured over 1,000 people and resulted in 300 deaths. The judgment was based on statements made at a press conference following an emergency...

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