Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
26 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 26 Mar 2021

Seismic monitoring of urban activity in Barcelona during the COVID-19 lockdown

Jordi Diaz, Mario Ruiz, and José-Antonio Jara

Data sets

Catalan Seismic Network Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya

Seismic data for the AM network Raspberry Shake Community

Model code and software

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

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

Short summary
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the city of Barcelona was covered by a network of 19 seismometers. The results confirm that the quieting of human activity during lockdown has resulted in a reduction of seismic vibrations. The different lockdown phases in Barcelona are recognized consistently at most of the seismic stations. Our contribution demonstrates that seismic noise can be used as a free and reliable tool to monitor human activity in urban environments.