In a moment of astonishing stupidity, Italian prosecutors are taking up a case against geologists who failed to predict a somewhat severe earthquake.

The scientists had investigated a series of low magnitude quakes, and indicated that these quakes did not mean that a larger quake was coming. Then, a few weeks later, the 6.3 mag L’Aquilla quake occurred, killing 308 people.

See: Hazardous Living: Geologists to be charged for not predicting earthquake?