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On the L’Aquila trial verdict: earthquake safety is about door locks, not fire alarms

Imagine that one day, an apartment block in a major city catches fire. The fire brigade arrive too late, and the whole block burns down with people still trapped inside. An investigation reveals that the building’s fire alarm system was … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, society

If you’re waiting for an earthquake warning, you’re doing it wrong

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that stuck central Italy near the city of L’Aquila in April 2009 killed more than 300 people, made tens of thousands more homeless, and caused billions of Euros’ worth of damage. No-one could have predicted exactly … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, ranting, society