Eastern Section SSA 2017 Annual Meeting

Eastern Section SSA

8-10 October 2017
Norman, Oklahoma
Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center

Chaired by Nori Nakata, Xiaowei Chen and Jacob Walter.


Important Dates

Student Travel Grant Application Deadline: 1 August 2017
Hotel Room Block Reservation Cutoff: 17 September 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 September 2017
Pre-Registration Discount Deadline: 17 September 2017
Final Online Registration Deadline: 1 October 2017
On-site Registration will be available.

Meeting Schedule At-A-Glance

Sunday, 8 October
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Field Trip: The Geology of Oklahoma Wastewater Disposal and Induced Seismicity
5:30 PM Registration Opens
6:00 PM Ice Breaker
Monday, 9 October
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Technical Sessions
6:00 PM Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM Banquet Dinner
Tuesday, 10 October
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Technical Sessions

Detailed Meeting Schedule

Monday, 9 October

8:30AM – 10:30AM, Session 1: Overview
Chaired by Oliver Boyd and Nori Nakata
8:30AM – 8:40AM Welcome to SSA-ES
8:40AM – 9:05AM Update on USGS Aftershock Forecasting Activities, Andrew Michael, USGS
9:05AM – 9:30AM Hydraulic Fracturing and Small Earthquakes Along Oklahoma’s Next Big Play, Jacob Walter, OGS
9:30AM – 9:55AM The 2013 – Present Induced Earthquake Sequence in Southern Kansas, Justin Rubinstein, USGS
9:55AM – 10:20AM A Decade of Induced Slip on the Causative Fault of the 2015 MW 4.0 Venus Earthquake, Northeast Johnson County, Texas, Heather Deshon, Southern Methodist University
10:20AM – 10:30AM Discussion
10:30AM – 11:00AM Poster Break
11:00AM – 12:00PM, Session 2: Seismicity vs. Injection Volumes, Wells, Pressure, etc.
Chaired by Xiaowei Chen and Justin Rubinstein
11:00AM – 11:15AM Anthropogenic Enhancement of Earthquakes in the Conterminous USA, Marilia Hagen, UFF
11:15AM – 11:30AM Modified Cellular Seismology Exploration of Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Injection Wells and Seismicity, Hannah Chambless, Boston College
11:30AM – 11:45AM Fluid-Injection Activities Lead to Seismic and Aseismic Moment Release with Upper Bounds That Scale Linearly with Injected Volume, Art McGarr, USGS
11:45AM – 12:00PM The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Earthquake Sequence: Seismicity Beyond Injection Period, Paul Ogwari, Southern Methodist University
12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch Break
1:30PM – 2:30PM , Session 3: Detection
Chaired by Zhigang Peng and Jacob Walter
1:30PM – 1:45PM Data Mining of IRIS Wavefield Experiment in Oklahoma for Seismicity and Structural Imaging, Nori Nakata, University of Oklahoma
1:45PM – 2:00PM Detection of Micro-seismicity and Long-duration Tremor-like Event from Oklahoma Wavefield Experiment, Chenyu Li, Georgia Institute of Technology
2:00PM – 2:15PM Developing Catalogs of Induced Seismicity in Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas Using a Dense Array and a Local Network, Sara Dougherty, USGS
2:15PM – 2:30PM Baseline Microseismicity in the Rome Trough, Eastern Kentucky, Andrew Holcomb, Kentucky Geological Survey
2:30PM – 3:30PM Poster Break
3:30PM – 4:45PM, Session 4: Technical Analysis of Site and Source
Chaired by Qimin Wu and Christine Goulet
3:30PM – 3:45PM Site Response in the Atlantic Coastal Plain Inferred from Spectral Ratios, Martin Chapman, Virginia Tech. Dept. of Geosciences
3:45PM – 4:00PM Variations Among Site Amplifications in the Mississippi Embayment Estimated from P-waves, S-waves, and Coda-waves and Presence of Basin-Induced Surface Waves, Farhad Sedaghati, The University of Memphis
4:00PM – 4:15PM Regional Q and Stress Drop for the Central US: Impact on the Induced vs Natural Seismicity Question, Chris Cramer, CERI, Univ. of Memphis
4:15PM – 4:30PM High-Resolution Source Parameter and Site Characteristics Using Near-Field Recordings – Decoding the Trade-off Problems Between Site and Source, Xiaowei Chen, University of Oklahoma
4:30PM – 4:45PM Analysis of Seismogenic Fault Structure and Stress Drop Estimation of the 2011 5.7 Mw Prague, Oklahoma Earthquake Sequence, Colin Pennington, The University of Oklahoma
6:00PM – 7:00PM Cocktail Hour
7:00PM Banquet Dinner

Tuesday, 10 October

8:30AM – 9:30AM, Session 5: Mechanical Modeling
Chaired by Heather Deshon and Brett Carpenter
8:30AM – 8:45AM Hydromechanical Earthquake Nucleation Model Forecasts Onset, Peak, and Falling Rates of Induced Seismicity in Oklahoma and Kansas, Jack Norbeck, USGS
8:45AM – 9:00AM Maturity of Nearby Faults Influences Seismic Hazard From Hydraulic Fracturing, Michael Brudzinski, Miami University
9:00AM – 9:15AM Geomechanical Analysis of the Influences of Pre-Injection Pore Pressure and Stress Regime on Induced Seismicity Potential, Will Levandowski, Colorado College
9:15AM – 9:30AM Rocking the Boat: Poro-elastic Stress Change at Seismogenic Depth Associated with Oil Production in the Los Angeles Basin in the Early 20th Century, Susan Hough, USGS
9:30AM – 10:30AM Poster Break
10:30AM – 12:00PM, Session 6: Basement and Arbuckle Structure
Chaired by Will Levandowski and Sarah Dougherty
10:30AM – 10:45AM Drilling Investigation of Seismogenic Crust in Oklahoma (DISCO), Brett Carpenter, University of Oklahoma
10:45AM – 11:00AM Exploring Intra-Basement Structures and Seismicity in Oklahoma, Folarin Kolawole, University of Oklahoma
11:00AM – 11:15AM New Aeromagnetic Data Reveal Structures and Lithology of the Crystalline Basement in Oklahoma, Anjana Shah, USGS
11:15AM – 11:30AM Community Velocity Model for the Charleston Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project (CAEHMP) II: New Results and Initial Model Validation, Steven Jaume, College of Charleston
11:30AM – 11:45AM Permeability Changes Observed in the Arbuckle Group Coincident with Nearby Earthquake Occurrence, Elizabeth Cochran, USGS
11:45AM – 12:00PM Deciphering Stress State of Seismogenic Faults in Oklahoma and Kansas Based on High-Resolution Stress Maps, Yan Qin, The University of Oklahoma
12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch Break
1:30PM – 2:45PM , Session 7: Seismicity Beyond Central US
Chaired by Chris Cramer and Susan Hough
1:30PM – 1:45PM Comparisons of Induced Seismicity in Canada, China and United States, Zhigang Peng, Georgia Tech
1:45PM – 2:00PM Visibility Graph Analysis of Alaska: An Investigation into the Correlation Between b-value and K-M Slope, Shima Azizzadeh-Roodpish, University of Memphis
2:00PM – 2:15PM Four Decades of Suspected Induced Seismicity Related to Fluid Injection in Southern Ontario, Nick Ackerley, Canadian Hazards Information Service
2:15PM – 2:30PM Induced Earthquakes at Song Tranh Dam, Vietnam, James Mori, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
2:30PM – 2:45PM Detecting Induced Earthquakes by Template Matching Technique During the Puerto Gaitán (Colombia) Sequence from 2014 to 2016, Sebastian Gomez Alba, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
2:45PM – 3:45PM Poster Break
3:45PM – 4:30PM, Session 8: Social Aspects and Hazards
Chaired by Elizabeth Cochran and Andrew Michael
3:45PM – 4:00PM Advocating for Geoscience in this New World: Why the Past is Not a Key to the Future, Phyllis Steckel, Earthquake Insight LLC
4:00PM – 4:15PM Evaluation of the USGS Induced and Tectonic Earthquake Hazard Forecasts, Daniel McNamara, USGS
4:15PM – 4:30PM USGS Central and Eastern U.S. Earthquake Hazards Research Facing Funding Headwinds, Robert Williams, USGS
4:30PM – 5:00PM Business Meeting Discussion


Poster Information

Poster ID Abstract Title
1 Time Varying B-values Related to the 2016 Mw5.8 Pawnee Oklahoma Earthquake: Revised Estimates from Accurate Formulas for Short Magnitude Spans, Chris Cramer, CERI, Univ. of Memphis
2 Probabilistic and Scenario Seismic and Liquefaction Hazard Analysis of the Mississippi Embayment Incorporating Nonlinear Site Effects, Chris Cramer, CERI, Univ. of Memphis
3 Small Earthquake Cluster Detection at Edmond, Oklahoma Using a Very Dense Temporary Array, Raymond Ng, University of Oklahoma
4 Shallow Impedance Structure at Shatsky Rise Obtained Using Transdimensional Inversion, Sireesh Dadi, Texas A&M University
5 Quantification of Uncertainty in Velocity Log Upscaling Using Reversible Jump MCMC, Sireesh Dadi, Texas A&M University
6 Separation of Intrinsic and Scattering Attenuation in the New Madrid Seismic Zone of the Central United States, Nima Nazeemi, The University of Memphis
7 Towards Crustal S-wave Velocity Modeling in Oklahoma, Stephen Marsh, University of Oklahoma
8 Forecast Scenarios Using Shadow Ring Methodology, Caitlen Ahrens, University of Arkansas
9 Stochastic Summation of Smaller Earthquakes to Simulate Synthetic Strong Ground Motions: Extension to Double Corner Frequency Source Models, Farhad Sedaghati, The University of Memphis
10 Source-to-Site Distance Conversions for Extended Faults, Farhad Sedaghati, The University of Memphis
11 Reference Stations In The Vicinity Of the Mississippi Embayment for Site Effect Studies, Arash Yarahmadi, The University of Memphis
12 The Need for an Integrated Strong Motion Database for Iran, Zoya Farajpour, IIEES
13 Empirical Ground-Motion Model (GMM) Based On Integrated Strong Motion Database for Iranian, Zoya Farajpour, IIEES
14 Lg Attenuation Tomography, Site Response, and Magnitude-to-Source-Term Scalings for Natural and Induced Earthquakes in the Central U.S. and Intermountain West, Will Levandowski, Colorado College
15 Causal Links Between Crustal Structure and Stress Variations in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas, Will Levandowski, Colorado College
16 Assessing the Applicability of Ground-Motion Relations for Induced Seismicity Application in Central and Eastern North America, Ali Farhadi, University of Memphis
17 Progress on the USGS National Crustal Model in the Central and Eastern United States for Seismic Hazard Studies, Oliver Boyd, USGS
18 Monitoring the Background Earthquake Activity on Anticosti Island, Quebec, Canada, Maurice Lamontagne, Geological Survey of Canada
19 Sn Velocity in the Central and Eastern U.S., Parichat Laphim, University of Missouri, Columbia
20 A Review of the Cases of Reservoir-Triggered Seismicity (RTS) in Canada, Maurice Lamontagne, Geological Survey of Canada
21 Stress Orientations in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas, Determined from Earthquake Focal Mechanisms, Louis Quinones, Southern Methodist University
22 Stress Drop Variations of Induced Earthquakes in Oklahoma, Qimin Wu, University of Oklahoma
23 Understanding Uncertainties of Stress Drop Estimation at Parkfield, Jiewen Zhang, University of Oklahoma
24 Cellular Seismology Predictability as a Measure of Association Between Wastewater Injection Wells and Earthquakes, Alan Kafka, Weston Observatory, Boston College
25 Simulation of Reservoir Induced Microearthquakes Around the Epicenter of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Weilai Pei, Gatech
26 Fine Seismic Reservoir Prediction in Shaximiao Formation on East Slope of Western Sichuan Depression, Kuan Wang, China University of Petroleum-Beijing
27 Newspaper Media Content Analysis: Community Effects of Induced Seismicity in Oklahoma, Georgia Halkia, UCI

Abstract Deadline: 17 Sepember 2017

The abstract deadline was on 17 September 2017.

Student Travel Grants

Travel awards for students submitting abstracts will be available on a competitive basis. To apply, send an email to olboyd@gmail.com with “ES-SSA Student Travel Grant Application” in the subject line, listing the following information: first and last name, title of paper, estimated travel expenses, and any other sources of funding available to you for travel to the meeting. Applications are due by 1 August 2017.

Student Awards

Awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by students.

Poster Information

The maximum poster size is 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide.


Online registration will be available mid-summer.

Discounted Registration Rate, Available Through 17 September:

  • Standard Ticket – $175
  • Student Ticket – $85

Standard Registration Rate, Available from 2 September to 1 October:

  • Standard Ticket – $200
  • Student Ticket – $100

On-Site Registration:

  • Standard Ticket – $225
  • Student Ticket – $100


A dinner banquet will be held on Monday evening, 9 October with Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and the Environment Michael Teague as the keynote speaker. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.
Tickets for the Banquet are $60 ($30 for Students with valid ID).

Field Trip

“The Geology of Oklahoma Wastewater Disposal and Induced Seismicity”
Sunday 8 October – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
$35 per person

A tour of the structural geology and stratigraphy of the Arbuckle Group, as it is exposed in south-central Oklahoma. We will also include a stop at the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s core facility to view Arbuckle and basement rocks that have been previously cored.

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center
2501 Conference Drive
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
Reservations: 1-866-577-1273 (Mention special group rate “OGS”)
Rooms reserved at $119/night until September 17

Important: Callers should reference “OGS” when booking a room to get the group rate. The Eastern Section meeting technical sessions, icebreaker, and banquet all will be held within the hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved for the 2017 ES-SSA meeting starting at a basic rate of $119 USD. For reservations, please contact the hotel at 1-866-577-1273.

Because of high demand in October, lodging reservations from the block of rooms being held for the ES-SSA meeting will be available only until 17 September 2017, so please make your hotel reservations before that date. Reservations received after that date will be provided on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Travel Information

The meeting hotel is located roughly 20 miles (30-40 minutes) from the Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, OK. Lyft, Uber, and taxi service are available to and from the airport.