Induced Seismicity #531

August 02, 2019

This week we're talking about earthquakes. If you live in Alberta or Oklahoma, you've probably heard about fracking or waste water wells causing earthquakes. We'll speak with seismologist Ruijia Wang about how that happens, and what we can control with these earthquakes. Then we speak to Sara McBride, with the United States Geological Survey, who explains why earthquake response communication should be taking embarrassment into account.

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Guest Bios

Ruijia Wang

Dr. Ruijia Wang is a seismologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Mexico. Through her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, she witnessed and studied the boost of hydraulic-fracturing induced seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. She worked closely with the geological surveys and published several scientific papers toward understanding the earthquake sources. She has also acted as the session co-chair for induced seismicity in recent academic meetings for the American Geological Union and Seismological Society of America.

Sara McBride

Dr. Sara McBride is an emergency management specialist. After completing her Media Studies doctorate at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, she accepted a Mendenhall Research Fellowship with the United States Geological Survey, where she examines science communication, earthquake forecasts, and emergency preparedness.