Yajing Liu

Associate Professor

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

Email: yajing.liu [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514.398.4085

Research website






EPSC 320 Elementary Earth Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


From the perspectives of theoretical, numerical modeling and observational seismology, my research to date has focused on understanding fault mechanical behavior and strength evolution in relation to a range of lithospheric deformation modes, including earthquakes and episodic aseismic slip events, along major plate boundaries.

Current research projects: (1) source mechanism of episodic slow slip events and non-volcanic tremors in subduction zones and their relation to megathrust earthquakes, (2) pore fluid pressure coupling with frictional strength and slip and application to megathrust ruptures, (3) effects of subducted seamounts on seismic coupling, (4) frictional behavior of oceanic transform faults and earthquake scaling characteristics, (5) dynamic and static stress triggering of shallow fault creep events and earthquakes, and (6) glacier-bedrock sliding process.

Recent Publications

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.

Li, D., and Y. Liu, (2016). Spatiotemporal evolution of slow slip events in a non-planar fault model for northern Cascadia subduction zone. J. Geophys. Res., 121(9), 6828–6845, doi:10.1002/2016JB012857.

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.

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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