Farzad Naeim to be Awarded the 2017 Bruce A. Bolt Medal

Farzad Naeim Bolt Medal Recipient 2017

17 January 2017 - Farzad Naeim (M. EERI, 1983), President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at University of California, Irvine, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal. The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Learn more about Dr. Farzad Naeim and the Bruce A. Bolt Medal.

2017 SSA Election Results

9 January 2016 - 
Seismological Society of America held its election on January 6, 2017. 

Election America, Inc., tabulated and validated the votes of current members that were received by the deadline, 5 p.m. (Pacific) on January 6.

The following nominees for Director were elected to a three-year term beginning in April 2017:

  • Sergio E. Barrientos, National Seismological Center, University of Chile

  • Christine A. Goulet, Executive Science Director for Special Projects, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), University of Southern California

  • Andy Michael, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Katherine Scharer, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Register for 2017 Annual Meeting

Registration is now open
for the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting, April 18-20, 2017, at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Colorado.

Consider participating in special events organized for the SSA community:

  • Monday, April 17: Two Pre-meeting workshops (registration required)
    —Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment: from Basics to Induced Seismicity, 2 – 5 PM
    —Publishing: Be a Good Reviewer, Advance Your Career, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

The registration fee includes entry into all technical sessions, coffee breaks, luncheons, “Pint and Poster” hours, Ice Breaker reception and the Joyner lecture and reception, as well as the opportunity to register for field trips and pre-meeting workshops.

Learn more about the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting or visit the Registration Form.

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bssa_sm December 2016 - This earthquake beneath the northern part of New Zealand’s South Island, in the transition from continental strike-slip faulting in the south to subduction in the north, was one of the largest earthquakes to strike New Zealand in historic times.

The earthquake caused extensive surface deformation as it ruptured a complex series of faults with up to 13 m of predominantly horizontal displacement, resulting in unprecedented opportunities to study the surface expression of a major fault rupture. Fault displacement and strong ground motions resulted in coastal uplift, a small tsunami, and tens of thousands of landslides. The complex spatial distribution of surface ruptures and displacements, the long duration of the earthquake, and the subsequent slow slip episode in the Hikurangi subduction zone raise questions about controls on coseismic and post-seismic strain accommodation in large earthquakes, and how slip is transferred between tectonic regimes.

We solicit papers on all aspects of the earthquake. Continue for more information about the special issue.


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Record Number of Travel Grants Awarded for 2017 Annual Meeting

22 December 2016 – A record-setting 66 members applied for travel grants to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting. With the generous support of the SSA community, the Travel Grant Selection Committee awarded eighteen grants to support the participation of our European Seismological Commission, international and student members at the Annual Meeting in Denver, April 18-20, 2017.

Supported by the Kanamori Fund and Student Travel Fund, the grants waive the fee for registration and provide a cash stipend for travel expenses.

Continue for list of grant recipients.

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BSSA: North Korean Seismic Event of May 2010 Likely Was Earthquake

North Korea seismicity

20 December 2016 - A tiny seismic event that occurred in North Korea on 12 May 2010 appears to have been an earthquake rather than a small underground nuclear explosion, according to a new analysis published 20 December in BSSA.

The new study led by seismologists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory contradicts the findings of a 2015 report which concluded that the magnitude 1.5 seismic 12 May event was a small nuclear explosion.

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William R. Lettis Selected as 2017 Joyner Lecturer


12 December 2016 - William R. Lettis has been selected as the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecturer for 2017. Lettis founded William Lettis & Associates, Inc. in 1990 and Lettis Consultants International, Inc. in 2011 to provide consultancy at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering. He will deliver his lecture in April 2017 at the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado and in March 2017 at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

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Latest SSA Journals

January/February SRL Now Available

28 December 2016 – The complete January/February 2017 issue of Seismological Research Letters, Volume 88, Number 1, is now available online at the GeoScienceWorld website. This issue includes:

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St. Louis, Missouri, is a major center for population, transportation, power, and utility transmission in the Midwest, and it is also at significant potential risk from seismically induced liquefaction and associated ground deformation of lowland alluvium. The simplified liquefaction map for St. Louis shows areas of severe risk (brown) as well as areas of artificial fill with unknown liquefaction potential (black) that require special study. Cramer et al. (this issue) used a new detailed near-surface shear-wave velocity model in a 1D equivalent-linear response analysis to estimate ground motions at the surface.

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December Issue of BSSA Available


1 December 2016 – The complete December 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA vol. 106, no. 6) is now available online to SSA members and institutional subscribers at GeoScienceWorld and BSSA Online. SSA members should log in to the members area and follow the link from there to BSSA Online at GeoScienceWorld to access full text or PDFs of all articles from the issue (log in with your SSA username and password required). Institutional BSSA subscribers can access the issue here; Institutional GeoScienceWorld subscribers can access it here. The print edition of this issue is scheduled to mail on 8 December.