Rebecca Harrington

Adjunct Professor

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0E8

Email: rebecca.harrington [at]

Tel: 514.398.2722

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My research uses observational approaches to study the source of earthquakes and other “non-conventional” seismic signals such as volcanic hybrid earthquakes, and non-volcanic tremor. I study the scaling of seismic source properties, such as event duration and radiated energy, with event size. In particular, my research aims to determine the effects of physical fault features and fault rock properties on seismic rupture.

Recent Publications

Cochran, E.S., Ross, Z.E., Harrington, R.M., Dougherty, S.L., and Rubinstein, J.L., (2018). Induced Earthquake Families Reveal Distinctive Evolutionary Patterns Near Disposal Wells. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123(9), 8045-8055, doi: 10.1029/2018JB016270.

Atkinson, G. M., D. W. Eaton, H. Ghofrani, D. Walker, B. Cheadle, R. Schultz, R. Shcherbakov, K. Tiampo, J. Gu, R. M. Harrington, Y. Liu, M. van der Baan, H. Kao, (2016). Hydraulic fracturing and seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Seismological Research Letter, 87(3), 631-647, doi:10.1785/0220150263.

Clerc, F., R. M. Harrington, Y. Liu, and Y.J. Gu, (2016). Stress drop estimates and hypocenter relocations of induced seismicity near Crooked Lake, Alberta. Geophys. Res. Lett, 43(13), 6942–6951, doi:10.1002/2016GL069800

Deng, K., Y. Liu, and R. M. Harrington, (2016). Poroelastic stress triggering of the December 2013 Crooked Lake, Alberta, induced seismicity sequence. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(16), 8482–8491, doi:10.1002/2016GL070421.

Harrington, R. M., E. S. Cochran, E. M. Griffiths, X. Zeng, C. Thurber, (2016). Along-Strike Variations in Fault Frictional Properties along the San Andreas Fault near Cholame, California, from Joint Earthquake and Low‐Frequency Earthquake Relocations . Bull. of the Seismol. Soc. of Am., 106(2), 319-326, doi:10.1785/0120150171.

Yu, H., Y. Liu, R. M. Harrington, and M. Lamontagne, (2016). Seismicity along St. Lawrence Paleorift Faults Overprinted by a Meteorite Impact Structure in Charlevoix, Québec, Eastern Canada. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106(6), doi:10.1785/0120160036.

Zeng, X., C. H. Thurber, D. R. Shelly, R. M. Harrington, E. S. Cochran, N. Bennington, D. Peterson, B. Guo, and K. McClement, (2016). 3-D P- and S-wave velocity structure and low-frequency earthquake locations in the Parkfield, California region . Geophys. J. Int., 206(3), 1574-1585, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw217.

Zhang, H., D. W. Eaton, G. Li, Y. Liu, and R. M. Harrington, (2016). Discriminating induced seismicity from natural earthquakes using moment tensors and source spectra. J. Geophys. Res., 121(2), 972–993, doi:10.1002/2015JB012603.

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