BSSA: Induced Seismicity Spotted in Salton Trough Geothermal Fields

Geothermal plant in Salton Trough, California. / James De Weerd/ Flickr
Geothermal plant in Salton Trough, California. / James De Weerd/ Flickr

26 August 2016 - In some parts of Southern California's Brawley Seismic Zone, geothermal energy production may be increasing the background seismicity rate, but changes in earthquake rates elsewhere in the area seem to have natural causes, according to a report published online 23 August in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Geothermal energy production in the Salton Trough's Brawley Seismic Zone does not have as dramatic of an impact on local seismicity as oil and gas production has had in parts of the central and eastern United States.

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Eastern Section SSA: Deadlines Approaching for Annual Meeting

From the Mantle to the Surface:
A Joint Meeting of the Eastern Section of SSA and NGA-East

23–26 October 2016
Reston, Virginia, USA
Sheraton Hotel

Important Dates

Student Travel Grant Application Deadline: 26 August 2016

Hotel Room Block Reservation Cutoff: 2 September 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: 9 September 2016

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Call for Special Sessions

SSA is now accepting Special Session proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting, scheduled for 18-20 April in Denver, Colorado.  Help make 2017 an extraordinary SSA meeting by organizing a session on cutting-edge research, methodology and technology developments. Sessions are encouraged from across the broad fields of earthquake science, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and seismology. 

Please use the online submission form to submit your proposal no later than 1 October 2016.  For questions about proposing a session, contact the program chairs Rich Briggs and Gavin Hayes at  More information about the meeting and the submission process can be found on the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting website. 

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SSA-LACSC will convene “Seismology of the Americas” conference in 2018 in Puerto Rico

17 August 2016 – SSA and the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC) have agreed to a joint international conference to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 24-26 April 2018.

The conference is the first joint meeting between SSA and LACSC, which is one of four Regional Commissions of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth Interior (IASPEI). The two organizations, led by SSA President Jim Mori and LACSC President Victor A. Huérfano, completed their agreement for the joint conference at the IASPEI Regional Assembly for the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission, held 20-22 June in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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SRL: Ancient Temples in the Himalaya Reveal Signs of Past Earthquakes

Lakshi Narayan tilted head copy

27 July 2016 – Tilted pillars, cracked steps, and sliding stone canopies in a number of 7th-century A.D. temples in northwest India are among the telltale signs that seismologists are using to reconstruct the extent of some of the region's larger historic earthquakes.

In their report published online July 27 in Seismological Research Letters, Mayank Joshi and V.C. Thakur of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology show how the signs of destructive earthquakes are imprinted upon the ancient stone and wooden temples.



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2016 Annual Meeting Presentations Online

2015presentations3 June 2016 – Over 140 slidecasts of oral presentations and over 130 posters from the 2016 Annual Meeting in Reno are now available online in the SSA website members area. Take this opportunity to see what you missed or share presentations from one of the 37 technical sessions with a colleague. Click here to log in and view the online presentations (SSA username & password required).

SSA Announces 2016 Student Presentation Award Winners

[Photo of Karianne Bergen]   [Photo of Moises Buelna]   [Photo of Emily Morton]   [Photo of Mosatafa Mousavi]   [Photo of Kyle Withers]
Pictured, left to right, award winners Karianne Bergen, Moises Buelna, Emily Morton, Mostafa Mousavi, and Kyle Withers

3 June 2016 – Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Student Presentation Award! These awards are given for an excellent poster presentation or talk at each Annual Meeting. For more information about these awards, and links to the abstracts of all the winning presentations, please visit the Student Presentation Awards page.

Latest SSA Journals

August Issue of BSSA Now Available


22 July 2016 – The complete August 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA vol. 106, no. 4) is now available online to SSA members and institutional subscribers at GeoScienceWorld and BSSA Online. Click to view the table of contents for the issue. SSA members should log in to the members area and follow the link from there to BSSA Online to access full text or PDFs of all articles from the issue (log in with your SSA username and password required).

July/August SRL Available

24 June 2016 – The complete July/August 2016 issue of Seismological Research Letters, Volume 87, Number 4, is now available online at the GeoScienceWorld website. This issue includes:

Cover of SRL 87:4.
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On the Cover…
The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, has initiated a 2D broadband seismic network in central Tibet across the Bangong– Nujiang suture to help detect lateral variation of the northern end of the subduct- ing Indian continental lithosphere. As described in “SANDWICH: A 2D Broad- band Seismic Array in Central Tibet,” by Liang et al. (this issue), preliminary earthquake locations indicate that the seismic events are crustal and broadly distributed rather than occurring only along major faults, suggesting a diffused deformation in the conjugated strike-slip fault zone. Cover shows field deployment at stations in the network, including testing of a GPS antenna (top) and a sensor located at a depth of 1 m (lower right).

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SSA members can access the complete online edition here. The print edition of this issue is scheduled to mail on 1 July.

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