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Assistant Professor of Geophysics

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Cornell University
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The paper, co-written by former ..., 7 Mar 2014 [cached]
The paper, co-written by former University of Oklahoma seismologist Kathleen Keranen, found that an earlier 5.0 earthquake near Prague was linked to a water injection well and that the first tremor likely triggered the state's largest-ever quake less than 24 hours later. Her findings were reported initially a year ago.
"There appears to be a strong correlation between the wells that are injecting waste water in Lincoln County and the earthquakes in 2011," Keranen told The Oklahoman in March 2013 when the report was completed.
Keranen now is an assistant professor at Cornell University. Her paper has since been peer reviewed and published.
A quake the size of the ..., 11 Jan 2014 [cached]
A quake the size of the one that shook Prague two Novembers ago could cause major property damage in more populated areas along the fault, said Katie Keranen, an assistant professor of geophysics at Cornell University who did research on man-made earthquakes while at the University of Oklahoma.
The quakes also could prove deadly.
There were chimneys falling into the living rooms of homes there in Prague, Keranen said.
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates disposal wells from a water quality standpoint, attempting to ensure that ground water isnt polluted. But little regard is given to the location of disposal wells near fault lines, Keranen said.
That can change pressures near fault ..., 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
That can change pressures near fault lines, says Katie Keranen, a seismologist at Cornell University.
"We can show that it's quite reasonable that water flowing from these wells is actually triggering these earthquakes," Keranen says.
"But the Wilzetta was a dead ..., 11 July 2013 [cached]
"But the Wilzetta was a dead fault that nobody ever worried about," says Katie Keranen, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Oklahoma. We're driving in her red SUV, just south of the Reneaus' property, when she stops to point out where the quake tore open a footwide fissure across State Highway 62. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains a database of seismically risky areas. Its assessment of the Wilzetta Fault, Keranen notes, was "zero probability of expected ground motion. This fault is like an extinct volcano. It should never have been active."
When the Wilzetta mysteriously and violently awakened, Keranen wanted to know why. So she partnered with scientists from the USGS and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The morning after the initial foreshock, Keranen's team scrambled to install three seismometers around Prague. They did so in time to capture the quake system in unprecedented detail. She says, "We got this beautiful image of the fault plane. Within a week, her team and other scientists had placed a total of 25 devices around the fault zone. One is buried in the Reneaus' backyard. Now, having completed a yearlong study (just published in the journal Geology), Keranen's research indicates the Oklahoma earthquakes were likely attributable to underground injection of wastewater derived from "dewatering," separating crude oil from the soupy brine reaped through a drilling technique that allows previously inaccessible oil to be pumped up. "Pretty much everybody who looks at our data accepts that these events were likely caused by injection," Keranen concludes.
That's because injection wells receive far ... [cached]
That's because injection wells receive far more water than fracking sites, said Katie Keranen, lead author of the Geology study.
Keranen, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, was at home at the time of the quake. Soon thereafter, she installed seismometers that recorded more than 10,000 aftershocks, which helped scientists estimate the area of the ruptured faults. The data showed that the initial rupture reached incredibly close to an active well-within 660 feet (200 meters)-and the majority of the aftershocks were located within the same level of sedimentary rock as the wastewater injection wells.
The study contends that the proximity of the quake to the active well, combined with rising wellhead pressure before the tremors and the relative lack of seismic activity preceding the event, suggest injection caused the quake. But it also says it is impossible to prove without a doubt. "Without question there is a strong likelihood that [the quake] was induced," Keranen said.
Luckily, the area is rural, and only two people were injured. "If this happened in a high-population center, we would expect a lot more damage," Keranen said.
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