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SSA Announces 2017 Award Winners

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24 May 2016 – SSA is pleased to announce the recipients of several of the Society's awards for 2017. The winners of the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, the Charles F. Richer Early Career Award, the Frank Press Public Service Award, and the Distinguished Service to SSA Award are among the highest honors conferred by the Society.

Congratulations to Reid Medal recipient George Plafker; Richter recipient Annemarie Baltay; Press Award recipient Lori Dengler; and Distinguished Service recipient Keith Knudsen.

SRL: Wastewater Injection Rates May Have Been Key to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake

3 May 2017--Changes to the rate of wastewater injection in disposal wells may have contributed to conditions that led to last year's Pawnee earthquake in Oklahoma, according to a new report published May 3 as part of a focus section in Seismological Research Letters.

Call For Papers: SRL Focus Section on Geophysical Networks and Related Developments in Latin America

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1 May 2017SRL has issued a call for papers for a Focus Section on Geophysical Networks and Related Developments in Latin America. In recent years, there have been many efforts throughout the region to improve and expand national seismic/geodetic networks; along with this, as part of larger projects, instruments to observe a variety of seismic/aseismic phenomena have been deployed.

Motion from Distant Earthquakes Can Shake Tall Buildings

20 April 2017 -DENVER — Data collected from two tall buildings, one in Osaka and one in Los Angeles, demonstrate that long-lasting motions from distant earthquakes — up to hundreds of kilometers away — can shake those buildings severely and can cause structural and non-structural damage.

Mehmet Celebi of the U.S. Geological Survey discussed these two buildings at the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting. He suggested that design codes for these types of buildings should take into account these long-distance effects.

Seismology on Mars and Beyond at SSA Annual Meeting

20 April 2017 -DENVER — In May 2018, NASA Discovery's InSight mission will be the first lander to place an ultrasensitive broadband seismometer on the surface of Mars — the first planetary seismometer deployed since the 1970s.

Forecasting Large Earthquakes along the Wasatch Front, Utah

20 April 2017 -DENVER — There is a 43% probability that the Wasatch Front region in Utah will experience at least one magnitude 6.75 or greater earthquake, and a 57 % probability of at least one magnitude 6.0 earthquake, in the next 50 years, said researchers speaking at the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting. In their report released in 2016, the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities presented their first forecast for large earthquakes along faults in the Wasatch region.

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