Mary Anna (28 Oct 2011)
"Why Do Italian Disasters Kill So Many People?"

 
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1927865,00.html

Disasters in Italy have a predictable chronology: after the calamity strikes, rescues are attempted, destiny is lamented and pledges are made to rebuild destroyed towns. And without fail, as the first victims are still being buried, a criminal investigation is opened.