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Induced seismicity associated with the Hutubi Gas Reservior, Xinjiang

Advisor’s Name



Assistant Professor


Chinese University of Hong Kong





Research Interests and Current Projects

Subduction zone dynamics and megathrust earthquakes

High-resolution imaging of crustal fault zones and subsurface structure

Earthquake source mechanics

Title of the URP

Induced seismicity associated with the Hutubi Gas Reservior, Xinjiang

URP Host

x  Advisor’s Institution          USTC

URP Financial Support

  No       Living Cost       Traveling Cost    

  Living and Traveling Cost

x  Others (please specify): May provide partial support for selected student

URP Start Time

July 4th, 2016



Aug. 20th, 2016

Brief Description of the URP

Investigation on seismicity associated with the Hutubi gas reservoir.

Recently, there has been a heightened concern that energy-related anthropogenic processes can induce seismicity and trigger relatively large quakes. Induced seismicity is associated with a variety of fluid injection/extraction activities that may change the stress field on neighbouring faults. For instance, a sequence of earthquakes occurred near the Hutubi gas reservoir (HGR) in Xinjiang, the largest underground repository for natural gas in China, soon after injection was initiated in 2013, with the largest magnitude of ML 3.5. To distinguish whether earthquakes are induced by gas injection or extraction requires detailed investigations on spatial-temporal evolution of seismicity and earthquake source parameters.

Requirements for Students

and Prerequisite Courses


Skillful user of GMT, Matlab, SAC, and Shell scripts