This sounds like a bizarre story:
Obviously to give a definitive opinion on the case one would have to know what exactly comprised the negligence that the scientists were convicted of, but it seems outrageous to convict anyone for a natural disaster. Unsurprisingly the scientists are appealing.An Italian court has convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake in 2009.
The earthquake destroyed the central city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people.
The seven were sentenced to six years in prison.
They were accused of negligence and malpractice in their evaluation of the danger of an earthquake and their duty to keep the city informed of the risks.
Italian scientists convicted over 2009 earthquake failure - RT News