While an increasingly vehement debate is still ongoing over the failure to remove debris and rubble in the Municipalities of Central Italy hit by the quake a little over a year ago, a Region – Emilia-Romagna – proved extremely efficient in managing rubble from the seismic tremors of 20th and 29th May 2012 in an area between the Provinces of Modena and Ferrara. Result (shrouded in an inexplicable media blackout): one year on from the quake, about 70% of rubble had already been removed; a year and a half later from the earthquake, over 90%. It begs the question of why – as far as we know as we go to press – in the more recent 2016 quake it never occurred to anybody to ask for advice from those who demonstrated the ability to deal with the same emergency so successfully d...