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Dr. Katie Keranen

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Assistant Professor , Geophysics

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Cornell University
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Ithaca , New York 14850
United States

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Katie Keranen, a ..., 6 Jan 2015 [cached]
Katie Keranen, a geophysicist at Cornell University, and colleagues found that the four wells are capable of triggering the earthquakes.
"You really don't need to raise ..., 17 July 2014 [cached]
"You really don't need to raise the pressure a great deal," Cornell University seismologist Katie Keranen, one of the authors of the Science paper told SciTech Today.
Imagine a sponge between two stiff wooden blocks, her colleague Shemin Ge, a hydrogeology professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder suggests. The "more fluid you put in, the more pressure the sponge has to deal with," she told the Los Angles Times.
Katie Keranen, a former ..., 28 Jan 2015 [cached]
Katie Keranen, a former University of Oklahoma professor now with Cornell University, reported at a Seismological Society of America meeting, that seismic and hydrology data showed "a strong link between a small number of wells and earthquakes migrating up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) away."
Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes | Oxford VisionariesOxford Visionaries, 23 April 2013 [cached]
"But the Wilzetta was a dead fault that nobody ever worried about," says Katie Keranen [4], 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 [5]. 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 [6]), Keranen's research indicates the Oklahoma earthquakes were likely attributable to underground injection of wastewater derived from "dewatering [7]," 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.
This phenomenon was evident in Oklahoma, Keranen says, where "we had one fault-plane go, a second one, and then a third one.
As for Keranen's explosive research on the Wilzetta Fault, New Dominion's Antonides is recruiting his own scientists to produce a report challenging it. Meanwhile, he has his own theories. "The traffic driving across the freeway could have caused it," he says, adding that another "trigger point" is the two large aquifers that bracket the fault.
Keranen, too, juggles conflicting interests. When we talk, she occasionally cuts herself off mid-sentence and then confesses, apologetically, "I have to be careful what I say.
Keranen walks the same line, saying that her study will show that wastewater injection "very potentially" roused the Wilzetta Fault.
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.
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