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Italian Scientist Warned of Earthquake

Giampaolo Giuliani, an Italian researcher in nuclear physics, might have been channeling Cassandra. The Times of London reports that Giuliani anticipated yesterday's earthquake near Rome, which has killed more than 100 and left more than 50,000 homeless, by studying concentrations of radon gas around seismically active areas. Giuliani was reported to police for "spreading alarm" and was forced to remove his predictions from the internet, save one YouTube interview. The head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute poo-pooed Guiliani's predictions. "Every time there is an earthquake there are people who claim to have predicted it," he said. "It is not possible to predict earthquakes." Giuliani is demanding an official apology from authorities.