Six Italian scientists and a government official have been found guilty of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a deadly earthquake in the town of L’Aquila in 2009 that left 309 people dead. Judge Marco Billi on Monday sentenced all seven members of Italy’s Major Risks Committee to six years in prison for failing to warn the population of the risks just days before L’Aquila and surrounding towns were hit by the earthquake. The members were also ordered to pay court costs and damages. Claudio Lavanga reports from L’Aquila.
22 October 2012 Last updated at 04:19 ET
Lorca earthquake ’caused by groundwater extraction’
Scientists studying the fault beneath the Spanish city of Lorca say that groundwater removal may be implicated in a deadly 2011 earthquake there.
Detailed surface maps from satellite studies allowed them to infer which parts of the ground moved where.
They report in Nature Geoscience that those shifts correlate with locations where water has been drained for years.
The study highlights how human activity such as drainage or borehole drilling can have far-reaching seismic effects.
Pablo Gonzalez of the University of Western Ontario and colleagues used satellite radar data to trace the ground movements of the Lorca event back to their source, finding that the earthquake resulted from slippage on a comparatively shallow fault that borders a large water basin south of the city.
That the slippage happened at a depth of just 3km explains why the fairly mild Magnitude 5.1 quake caused so much damage in the area…..(more).
Cochabamba is a town of 800,000 situated high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. Two years ago, a popular protest there turned into a deadly riot. The army battled civilians in the streets on and off for three months, hundreds were arrested, a seventeen year-old boy was shot and killed, the government of Bolivia nearly collapsed. The issue was water….. (more)
There are 18 days left until Americans will go to the polls to exercise their civil duty and vote for their next president. The mainstream media has exploited the battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama and to some this election is crucial in determining the future of America. Reports that employers are intimidating employees to voter for a particular candidate have surfaced and Mike Elk, labor journalist for In These Times, breaks down how employers are trying to impose their political will on employees.
Since the US lead invasion in Iraq in 2003, children with birth defects and reports of miscarriages have been on the rise in the war torn country. According to the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Bulletin, in the past seven years the rate of birth defects and miscarriages has shot up an astounding 60 percent and 45 percent respectively, leaving many wondering what is causing this. RT’s Liz Wahl has more.
Seth Rosenfeld, former investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, reports on the FBI’s covert actions at the University of California Berkeley in the 1960s. The author reports that the J. Edgar Hoover-led Agency attempted to weaken activist student groups, including the Free Speech Movement (FSM). Mr. Rosenfeld’s research draws upon 250,000 pages from the Agency’s files, documents the author fought the FBI to release over thirty years. Seth Rosenfeld speaks at the University of California Berkeley.
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So, your Nobel Peace Prize-winning European Union is demanding that indebted nations like Greece and Portugal privatize all their water resources if they want to continue receiving bail outs. As in – you want to stay in the Eurozone? Then hand over your most precious commons to transnational corporations. This is in line with the broader privatization agenda we’re seeing all around the world – especially here in America as water, roads, school, prisons – you name it – are all being privatized and taken out of the hands of “we the people.” These are all assaults on democracy.
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