Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Research article
15 Oct 2021
Research article |  | 15 Oct 2021

The effect of 2020 COVID-19 lockdown measures on seismic noise recorded in Romania

Bogdan Grecu, Felix Borleanu, Alexandru Tiganescu, Natalia Poiata, Raluca Dinescu, and Dragos Tataru

Data sets

RO: Romanian Seismic Network National Institute for Earth Physics

Model code and software

SeismoRMS - A simple python/jupyter notebook package for studying seismic noise changes (Version 1.0) T. Lecocq, F. Massin, C. Satriano, M. Vanstone, and T. Megies

ObsPy: A bridge for seismology into the scientific Python ecosystem L. Krischer, T. Megies, R. Barsch, M. Beyreuther, T. Lecocq, C. Caudron, and J. Wassermann 4699/8/1/014003

Short summary
The lockdown imposed in Romania to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has significantly impacted human activity across the country. By analyzing the ground vibrations recorded at seismic stations, we were able to monitor the changes in human activity before and during the lockdown. The reduced human activity during the lockdown has also provided a good opportunity for stations sited in noisy urban areas to record earthquake signals that would not have been recorded under normal conditions.