News Center covers soil liquefaction research from UMaine

News Center Maine reported on research from University of Maine professors and a graduate student exploring a new, cost-effective method to mitigate soil liquefaction, a damaging side effect of earthquakes that turns water saturated soil into a liquid state. Lead researcher Aaron Gallant, an associate professor of geotechnical engineering at UMaine, said events such as these happen quickly and have killed thousands of people. He and his team from UMaine are working with researchers from Portland State University in Oregon to test the efficiency of a method called microbially induced desaturation.