Monday May 12: Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in Kansas


Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in Kansas

Speaker: Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey

Date: Monday, May 12

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS)


With the increase in the number of earthquakes, fracking and man made earthquakes have become a topic of political and scientific discussion.  What exactly is going on?  How will this affect us?  Mr. Buchanan will talk about historic earthquake activity in Kansas, recent activity in south-central Kansas, and the responses to it.


Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, since 1978, and is currently the Interim Director. He is the co-author of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks  (rev. edition, 2010) and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils  (rev. edition, 2010), both published by the University Press of Kansas; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press (1994); co-editor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute (1995); and co-compiler of Kansas Groundwater, published by the Kansas Geological Survey (1993).  He is currently the Editor for the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GS), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors.  In 2008 he was named a Fellow of GSA, and in 2009 was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE.  He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


In 2014, Gov. Sam Brownback appointed him to head a panel to develop a response to potential induced seismicity in the state.


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