The confinement reduced the vibrations of the Earth in a 50%

The confinement reduced the vibrations of the Earth in a 50%

Seismic noise is caused by vibrations within the Earth, which can be triggered by earthquakes and volcanoes but also bombs and daily human activity such as travel and industry.

Kafka said the quieting of the Earth was noticeable on the sophisticated instruments at Weston Observatory, but even more dramatic at two cheap seismometers known as Raspberry Shakes set up in buildings at the Boston College campus.

During the last few decades, the seismic noise has been increasing in all over the world at the same rate in growing populations and economic activities.

Co-author of the study, Dr Stephen Hicks from The Imperial College London explained in a statement, "This quiet period is the longest and largest dampening of human-caused seismic noise since we started monitoring the Earth in detail using vast monitoring networks of seismometers".

The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50% between March and May 2020.

"Usually, seismometers are located in remote, rural areas to avoid this urban noise, and these show only minimal effects of the COVID-19 lockdown".

As emphasized by the researchers, the number of 76, this reduction takes into account that the seismic noise related to human activity. Image credits: Lecocq et al.

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The study has shown the first evidence that previously concealed natural disaster signals, especially during the daytime, appeared much clearer on seismic sensors in urban areas during lockdown.

According to the researchers, the earth has never been so silent for so many days.

What they found: Using data from 268 seismic stations in 117 countries, researchers measured the effects of lockdowns on high-Frequency (4-14 Hz) Seismic Ambient Noise (hiFSAN), which corresponds to vibrations typically generated by human activities. There are many ways to see the anthropause in action, from a drop in pollution levels to reduced mobility, and now, in seismic activity.

Researchers tracked the "wave" of quietening between March and May as worldwide lockdown measures took hold. Dr van Wijk heads the Ru Network of Seismometers in Schools programme which has seen dozens of seismographs installed in schools that, while not as powerful as professional seismic stations, detect earthquakes.

The major reductions were being recorded in the most densely populated places, like Singapore and New York Town, but drops were being also noticed in remote areas like Germany's Black Forest and Rundu in Namibia. Activities of humans that range from digging to construction contribute to a constant background hum of the planet. If our activity is concealing these natural signals, it may be increasingly hard to predict impending hazards (such as landslides or volcanic eruptions).

The study began when Thomas Lecocq, a geologist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium and lead author of the study in Science, decided that the best way to tackle the problem of analyzing data from all around the globe was to share his method with the seismological community. "We hope this insight will spawn new studies that help us listen better to the Earth and understand natural signals we would otherwise have missed".

"One day a volcano in Auckland's volcanic field will erupt but it will create seismic signals before that happens and this study reminds us that if humans made less noise, we would get an earlier warning", Dr van Wijk says. Therefore, it is more important than ever to be able to distinguish between the seismic noise of natural and human-caused. Dr Hicks says if we go again into broad-scale constraints then the seismic information features an different form of checking that may possibly have less privacy fears.

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