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|The April 6, 2009 earthquake in central Italy caused damage to thousands of buildings in the
medieval city of L'Aquila. We cannot locate a precise count - or even counts that agree to the
nearest thousand buildings. 308 people were killed by the earthquake: 6 Macedonians, 2
Czechs, 5 Romanians, 2 Palestinians, 1 Greek, 1 French, 2 Ukrainians, 1 Peruvian, 1 Argentine
and 1 Israeli citizen. About 1,500 people were injured, and more than 65,000 people were
made homeless. We note that the funeral Mass was led by the Vatican's second highest
official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. We deem it significant that The Vatican granted a special
dispensation to hold a Mass on Good Friday, the only day on the Roman Catholic calendar
on which Mass is not normally held. As we mentioned, Italian laboratory technician
Giampaolo Giuliani used radon gas emissions to predict a major earthquake on Italian
television in March 2009. He was criticized by the Director of the Civil Defence, Guido
Bertolaso, was forced to take down Internet pages, and had to report to the police.
More than 5,000 professional seismologists signed a letter (http://www.mi.ingv.
it/open_letter/archive.php) protesting the indictment of the scientists on the Commissione
Grandi Rischi (Commission for High Risks), and civil protection officials for manslaughter.
The basis for the indictment is that no short-term alarm was given to the population after a
meeting of the Commission held in L’Aquila six days before the earthquake. Being
somewhat reluctant to sign after Daniel Bernoulli, we'll just say that we consider the
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