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The Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity is an industrial affiliates program on the topic of induced and triggered earthquakes. Ten Stanford Professors in the Departments of Geophysics, Energy Resource Engineering, Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering are involved in SCITS (see People).  They and their research groups are addressing a wide variety of scientific and operational issues associated with the managing the risk posed by induced and triggered earthquakes. As recognized by the recent report of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, incidents of induced and triggered earthquakes associated with energy production have become increasingly important in the recent years. |See More|


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October 25, 2016 - 8:00am
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The largest recorded earthquake in East Texas was triggered by the high-volume injections of wastewater from oil and gas activities deep underground.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has selected SCITS co-director, Professor Mark Zoback, for the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences award. This honors an individual or organization for contributions leading to greater public appreciation and better understanding of the role of geosciences in society.
AAPG recognized Injection-Induced Earthquakes, the 2013 paper by W.L. Ellsworth, Injection-Induced Earthquakes (Science, Vol. 341, 1225942) as the winner of the 2016 Best Recent Paper Award for the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division. According to the organization, "The most impactful scientific publications are technically informative, timely and contextually relevant, and challenge new ways of thinking. Ellsworth’s review of injection-induced earthquakes is highly successful in each of those ways.