Re: Earthquake Predictions - WOW
- Did you read the article? I don't think it's as obviously "dumb" as all that. These guys were in charge of warning people about earthquakes, and they basically said "Don't worry about it."
The six scientists and a former government official were all members of the Major Risks Committee which met in the central Italian city on March 31, 2009, after several small tremors had been recorded in the region. At the time, they ruled that it was impossible to determine whether the tremors would be followed by a large quake, in a judgment which reassured residents. One of the group famously advised them to relax with a glass of wine. Just six days later, a 6.3 magnitude quake devastated L’Aquila.
It might be more comparable to someone saying, before St. Helens blew up, "Oh, that bulge? Nothing to worry about!"