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Seven experts who faced prison terms for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake in central Italy in 2009 have been acquitted on appeal.

Seven experts who faced prison terms for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake in central Italy in 2009 have been acquitted on appeal.

 

Court acquits natural disaster experts over L’Aquila quake

Seven experts who faced prison terms for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake in central Italy in 2009 have been acquitted on appeal. The verdict had outraged the scientific community. An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned manslaughter convictions against seven natural disaster experts who faced prison sentences for having allegedly falsely reassured residents ahead of a 2009 earthquake that ended up killing 309 people in the central city of L’Aquila. The court, also in L’Aquila, cleared all seven of the major charge against them, saying that no crime had been committed…

 

At least three people presumed dead in Italian flooding

floods in italyAt least three people are presumed dead in flooding and landslides in northern Italy. Two elderly people are thought to be buried after their home was crushed in a mudslide. Another woman trapped in her home has died of a heart attack. The Mayor of Leivi, Vittorio Centanaro, told reporters: “The situation is really bad; it’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy for the whole area. Every year we have to face this kind of situation.” The regions affected by the torrential rain and flooding include Tuscany, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. Some towns are reported to have had more than 20 centimetres of rain in just 12 hours. High alert levels are expected to remain in place until at least Wednesday evening…

 

5 lessons for building resilient communities

MANILA, Philippines – Situated along the so-called “Ring of Fire,” countries like the Philippines and Indonesia are geographically fated to experience natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. In 2004, an earthquake and tsunami hit Aceh, Indonesia, leaving roughly 220,000 people dead or missing. Ten-storey high waves swallowed the shores of Aceh, wiping out everything in its path…

 

Disaster-resilient classrooms unveiled

TWO-STOREY disaster-resilient building with 13 classrooms donated by Ayala Foundation Inc. will be inaugurated today at Old Sagay Elementary School in Sagay City. The classrooms are equipped with emergency alarm systems, kitchens, showers, and can withstand over 300 kilometers per hour of winds. Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and his son Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III along with the officials of the Department of Education, Ayala Foundation, and other donors will lead the inauguration…

 

Earth cracking Up: Just earthquakes or something beyond?

In August 2014, a one kilometer long, 26 feet deep and up to 5 meters wide crack appeared in the ground near Hermosillo in Mexico, cutting across Highway 26 and puzzling experts and locals as to its cause. This was followed by numerous earthquakes being reported from around the world. Does this point towards a supernatural seismic activity threatening our planet? Or is this just a result of extreme drilling and fracking? Moreover, according to a new study there were more than twice big earthquakes, worldwide in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979. So should we be worried? Not really…

 

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