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An earthquake hit L'Aquila, a town in the Abruzzo region of Italy, in 2009, and more than 300 people died. Soon thereafter, says Popular Science's Juliet Lapidos, the citizens of L'Aquila requested an investigation into a panel of researchers and civil servants that had previously concluded that a major seismic event was unlikely, despite a series of small tremors that had occurred there.

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