Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Scientist predicted Italy quake, was silenced by government

Italian seismologist Gioacchino Giuliani predicted a major tremor near L'aquila weeks before the earthquake that killed at least 150 this week. (Reuters) He based his prediction by monitoring a pattern of seismic activity and tracking atmospheric concentrations of radon gas. Giuliani was so convinced disaster was imminent he drove through the streets in a van with loudspeakers urging residents to evacuate.

How did the government respond? By branding him a madman, of course. L'Aquila's mayor reported him to police for "spreading alarm", and he was later forced to remove his findings from the internet.

Forced to remove his findings from the internet! And it gets better (much worse, really). The government scoffed, "the tremors being felt are… typical… absolutely normal."

(Image of Giuliani from the
Daily Mail)

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