Our project aims to probe the mechanisms by which deep wastewater injection wells induce earthquakes, the potential for these earthquakes to cause damage to the built environment, and the social and economic impact of induced earthquakes, expanding our knowledge of the complex interactions of the natural, built and human environments in the generation and management of induced seismicity.

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, through the HazardsSEES program. 


Seismic Shift

A Fox31 piece on the Greeley earthquakes, featuring some of our researchers, aired on Wednesday, April 4.

R. Chase - Damage

On August 24th, Rob Chase presented a poster on Damage Accumulation for a Two-Story Wood Frame Building in Sequences of Induced Earthquakes at the Forum for Infrastructure presented by SEG at Oklahoma State University. Rob’s work is focused on examining how potential seismic loss can change in a light-frame wood structure from multiple low magnitude shaking events.

Anne Sheehan - QuakeSmart Presentation

Professors Abbie Liel and Anne Sheehan both spoke at the QuakeSmart Workshop on Sept. 19 in Golden Colorado. QuakeSmart is a FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) initiative to help businesses in at-risk earthquake communities implement earthquake mitigation actions.

Abbie's talk was entitled Damage from a Moderate Magnitude Earthquake: What Could Happen in Colorado?  Anne's talk was entitled Induced Seismicity – What You Need to Know.  

Anne Sheehan - Presentation

Anne Sheehan presented at the Coastlines and People Scoping Session, hosted by the National Science Foundation, in San Diego in October 2018.

Enrique Chon - Induced Seismicity Presentation

Abbie Liel - Induced Seismicity Presentation

Professor Abbie Liel and PhD Student Enrique Chon both presented at the International Induced Seismicity Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada hosted by the Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration on October 24th!  The purpose of the collaboration was discuss learnings from induced seismicity.  Prof. Liel's work is focused on risk to structures associated with induced seismicity, and Enrique's work focuses on measuring shear waves from induced events.  

New Publications:

Hazard implications of the 2016 Mw 5.0 Cushing, OK earthquake from a joint analysis of damage and InSAR data, Remote Sensing by Magali Barba-Sevilla, Bridger W. Baird, Abbie B. Liel, and Kristy F. Tiampo.

Damage accumulation in a two-story wood frame building in sequences of induced earthquakes, 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering