Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Solid Earth, 12, 1075–1085, 2021

Special issue: Social seismology – the effect of COVID-19 lockdown measures...

Solid Earth, 12, 1075–1085, 2021

Research article 17 May 2021

Research article | 17 May 2021

Seismic noise variability as an indicator of urban mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Santiago metropolitan region, Chile

Javier Ojeda and Sergio Ruiz


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AR by Javier Ojeda on behalf of the Authors (30 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (31 Mar 2021) by Raphael De Plaen
ED: Publish as is (07 Apr 2021) by Tarje Nissen-Meyer(Executive Editor)
AR by Javier Ojeda on behalf of the Authors (09 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
In Santiago, Chile, the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 was recorded by seismological instruments. This analysis shows temporal changes in the surface vibrations controlled by lockdown phases, mobility, and epidemiological factors. Our findings suggest that dynamic lockdown and the early deconfinement in April 2020 caused an increase in mobility and therefore virus transmission. We propose that seismic networks could be used to monitor urban mobility as a new proxy in public policies.