No, they did not. At least one member of the committee (not a scientist) made inaccurate public statements on at least one occasion saying that "There is no danger." But: CBCnews According to the commission's memo, issued one week before the big quake, the experts concluded that it was "improbable" that there would be a major quake though it added that one couldn't be excluded. Afterward, members of the commission gave reassuring interviews to local media stressing the impossibility of predicting quakes and that even six months worth of low-magnitude temblors was not unusual in the highly seismic region and didn't mean a big one was coming. I suspct the verdict will be overturned at appeal.