Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Kerry Edward Sieh

Professor, Asian School of the Environment

Prof Kerry Edward Sieh

Nanyang Technological University
2008 – present. Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore []
2008 – present. Professor of Geology

California Institute of Technology
1986 – 2008. Professor of Geology
1982 – 1986. Associate Professor of Geology
1977 – 1982. Assistant Professor of Geology
Research Interests
My principal research interest is earthquake geology, which uses geological layers and landforms to understand the geometries of active faults, the earthquakes they generate, and the crustal structure their movements produce. My early work on the San Andreas fault led to the discovery of how often and how regularly it produces large earthquakes in southern California.

More recently, my students and colleagues and I investigated Taiwan's multitude of active faults and figured out how their earthquakes are creating that mountainous island. We are currently exploring the earthquake geology of Myanmar (Burma). Our principal current research interest is the subductionmegathrust that produced the devastating giant Sumatran earthquakes and Indian Ocean tsunamis of 2004 and 2005. That research suggests that the megathrust is poised to produce yet another giant earthquake in western Sumatra.

I am also now involved in creation of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, which aims to conduct basic and applied research related to earthquake, tsunami, volcanic, and climate hazards.
Current Projects
  • Aceh Paleo-tsunami
  • Angkor
  • Australasian Tektites Source
  • Geology and Geohazards
  • Historical Indonesian Earthquakes
  • Myanmar
  • Myanmar Research Centre
  • SWAP
  • Sumatran Fault
  • Sumatran Megathrust
  • Sumatran Paleoseismic
  • Sunda Megathrust
Selected Publications
  • Martin, Stacey Servito; Li, Linlin; Okal, Emile A; Morin, Julie; Tetteroo, AEG; Switzer, AD; Sieh, KE. (2019). Reassessment of the 1907 Sumatra “tsunami earthquake” based on macroseismic, seismological and tsunami observations, and modelling. PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, , 1-38.
  • Wei, Shengji; Feng, Guangcai; Zeng, Hyongyu; Martin, Stacey Servito; Shi, Qibin; Muzli Muzli; Wang, Teng; Lindsay, Eric; Triyono, Rahmat; Hubbard, Judith; Tapponnier, Paul; Sieh, Kerry. (2018, December). The 2018 Mw 7.5 Palu earthquake, a gradually accelerating super-shear rupture stopped by stress shadows in a complex fault system. Paper presented at American Geophysical Union (AGU), Washington, D.C.
  • Kerry Sieh, Jason Herrin, Brian Jicha, Paramesh Banerjee, Dayana Schonwalder, Weerachat Wiwegwin, James Moore, Vanpheng Sihavong, Brag Singer, Tawachai Chualaowanich, Punya Charusiri, Khamphao Singsomboun. (2018). Impact Crater of the Australasian Tektites Buried under the Bolaven Plateau Volcanic Field, Southern Laos. Science Advances, .
  • Xuhua Shi, Kerry Sieh, Ray Weldon, Chengnan Zhu, Yuan Han, Jiwu Yang, Stephen W. Robinson. (2018). Slip rate and rare large prehistoric earthquakes of the Red River fault, southwestern China. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19, Accepted on 3 June.
  • Martin S.S., M. Locati, K. Sieh. (2018). Gempa Nusantara: A new digital database of felt intensity for historical earthquakes in the Indonesian Archipelago. Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA).

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