Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Research article
30 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 30 Sep 2021

COVID-19 lockdown effects on the seismic recordings in Central America

Mario Arroyo-Solórzano, Diego Castro-Rojas, Frédérick Massin, Lepolt Linkimer, Ivonne Arroyo, and Robin Yani


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on se-2021-25', Valerio de Rubeis, 06 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Mario Arroyo Solórzano, 27 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on se-2021-25', Alan Kafka, 11 Jul 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Mario Arroyo Solórzano, 27 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Mario Arroyo Solórzano on behalf of the Authors (16 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Aug 2021) by Koen Van Noten
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Sep 2021) by Tarje Nissen-Meyer(Executive Editor)
Short summary
We present the first seismic noise variation levels during COVID-19 in Central America using 10 seismometers. We study the impact of the seismic noise reduction on the detectability of earthquakes and on the felt reports. Our results show maximum values (~50 % decrease) at seismic stations near airports and densely inhabited cities. The decrease in seismic noise improved earthquake locations and reports. Seismic noise could also be useful to verify compliance with lockdown measures.