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Earthquake Test

Make plans Monday February 8th at 8am to watch a University of Oklahoma professor conduct a unique earthquake test.

Dr. Amy Cerato- courtesy The OU Daily

Dr. Amy Cerato- courtesy The OU Daily

Dr. Amy Cerato is an assistant professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. On Monday she’ll be conducting a one-of-a-kind shake test that could help people living in places where there are lots of earthquakes (aka, Oklahoma).

She’ll be looking at how helical piles shake during an earthquake. Helical piles are deep foundation elements that look like and are installed like a large steel soil screw to support the structure they hold. Helical piles are used in seismic areas, such as New Zealand and Japan, but they have not been widely used in the United States.

Here’s a story from Oklahoma City’s News 9 where Dr. Cerato explained what she’ll be doing.

The test could help engineers develop and build safer structures for those living in seismic zones.

Dr. Cerato will be conducting the test  on helical piles in seismic conditions at the University of California-San Diego’s Shake Table site beginning at 8 a.m. Oklahoma time this Monday, Feb. 8.

You can watch it live from this link.

 

Earthquakes and Oklahoma

Oklahoma, we need to talk. We have an earthquake problem and here’s the thing, we think we know why. More and more reports are coming out showing it’s connected to the disposal of waste water from oil and gas wells.

Oil and gas are deeply tied to this state and I’m not in favor damaging the industry but we simply have to do something. Instead, our state leaders think laws prohibiting local officials from doing what they think is best for their own community is the way to go. Besides just being short-sighted it’s a slap in the face to Oklahomans. Now The Daily Show has taken notice with Jon Stewart appropriately saying, “What the f#&k Oklahoma?”