Resources on Seismicity

The KGS presents these links to help people learn about seismicity, including earthquakes somehow created or triggered by actions of humans.

Action Plan

State of Kansas Seismic Action Plan from the Induced Seismicity State Task Force available as an Acrobat PDF.

From the Kansas Geological Survey

Sept. 1, 2017, presentation to KDHE [ New! ]
Update on Kansas Seismicity: A Year of Change, What Does it Mean?, KDHE Geology & Well Technology Section Fall 2017 Seminar/Tech Fair
Jan. 20, 2016, testimony
Update on the issue of seismicity in Kansas, House Standing Committee on Energy and Environment
Dec. 9, 2015, presentation in Wichita
Update on Induced Seismicity Studies by the Kansas Geological Survey, by Yevhen "Eugene" Holubnyak, W. Lynn Watney, Tandis Bidgoli, John Doveton, Mina Fazelalavi, Jennifer (Raney) Hollenbach, K. David Newell, and Tiraz Birdie (rev. Jan. 11, 2016)
Dec. 2, 2014, presentation in Wichita
Earthquakes in the southern midcontinent: What we know and what we need to know--Current research at KU and the Kansas Geological Survey, by W. Lynn Watney, Tandis S. Bidgoli, and Eugene Holubnyak
Public Information Circular 36
Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Triggered Earthquakes in Kansas, by Rex C. Buchanan, K. David Newell, Catherine S. Evans, Richard D. Miller, and Shelby L. Peterie, Revised Aug. 2015
Public Information Circular 37
Seismology and Its Applications in Kansas, by Shelby L. Peterie, Richard D. Miller, and Julian Ivanov, August 2014
Hydraulic fracturing and induced seismicity in Kansas
Statement from the Kansas Geological Survey, April 3, 2013
Kansas Earthquake History
Two spreadsheets containing lists of recorded and historic earthquakes in Kansas.

KGS testimony and presentations, Jan. 26, 2015, House Standing Committee on Energy and Environment (Acrobat PDF files)

Updated Earthquake Frequency Chart (Sept. 21, 2018)

From other Kansas organizations

From Kansas Corporation Commission
Second order reducing saltwater injection rates; Docket No. 15-CONS-770-CMSC, ordered Aug. 9, 2016, Acrobat PDF file
From Kansas Corporation Commission
Order reducing saltwater injection rates; Docket No. 15-CONS-770-CMSC, ordered March 19, 2015, Acrobat PDF file
From Kansas Corporation Commission
Induced Seismicity State Task Force; information on the Task Force, its meetings, and opportunities to comment on the Action Plan.

From other organizations

Scientific American
Drilling for Earthquakes, by Anna Kuchment. Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react. March 28, 2016
U. S. Geological Survey
Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016. For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. March 28, 2016
Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity
Scientific Principles Affecting Protocols for Site-characterization and Risk Assessment Related to the Potential for Seismicity Triggered by Saltwater Disposal and Hydraulic Fracturing, by Randi Jean Walters, Mark D. Zoback, Jack W. Baker, Greg C. Beroza, Spring 2015, Acrobat PDF file
AGI--American Geosciences Institute
Induced Seismicity in the Midcontinent, Video webinar, Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The New Yorker, April 2015
Weather Underground: The arrival of man-made earthquakes; by Rivka Galchen
Oklahoma Geological Survey
OGS Position Statement--Oklahoma Earthquake Activity, Acrobat PDF, Feb. 2014. The OGS has additional info on triggered and induced seismicity
U. S. Geological Survey
Induced Earthquakes. Featured research projects from U.S.G.S., updated January 1, 2015.
U. S. Geological Survey
Incorporating Induced Seismicity in the 2014 United States National Seismic Hazard Model--Results of 2014 Workshop and Sensitivity Studies, by Mark D. Petersen, Charles S. Mueller, Morgan P. Moschetti, Susan M. Hoover, Justin L. Rubinstein, Andrea L. Llenos, Andrew J. Michael, William L. Ellsworth, Arthur F. McGarr, Austin A. Holland, and John G. Anderson. Open-file Rept. 2015-1070, April 2015.
U. S. Geological Survey
Man-Made Earthquakes Update. Overview web page from U.S.G.S., updated January 17, 2014.
Geology, Geological Society of America
Potentially Induced Earthquakes in Oklahoma, by Katie M. Keranen and others, March 2013
Science, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science
Injection-Induced Earthquakes, by William L. Ellsworth, July 2013
Science, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science
Enhanced Remote Earthquake Triggering at Fluid-Injection Sites in the Midwestern United States, by Nicholas J. van der Elst and others, July 2013
Earth Magazine
Managing the Seismic Risk Posed by Wastewater Disposal, by Mark D. Zoback, May 2012
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Induced Seismicity Primer. Web page exploring the causes and impacts of induced seismicity by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
National Academy of Sciences
Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies--Report in Brief, by Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies. Published June 2012, by National Academy of Sciences. Also available is the full report.
UOGR Digital Magazine
Understanding the science behind induced seismicity, Tayvis Dunnahoe, Editor, October 2013.
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Testimony, by Murray W. Hitzman, Colorado School of Mines; William Leith, U.S.G.S.; and Mark Zoback, Stanford University, June 2012