I don’t blame you if you think this is a hoax. I can't believe it either at first but it is true; this unbelievable story is for real. The fact that there is no science that can correctly predict earthquake does not seem to matter (you know the Japanese would love to have that), unless their appeal is successful, these scientists are going to jail.
The total stupidity of the accusation is just mind-numbing. I mean what’s next; do we lock up every police officer for failing to prevent crime before it happen or lock up every economist for failing to predict the next economic crisis or every weatherman for failing to get the weather forecast correct? Because that's what happened to these scientists! Talk about stupid!