Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Solid Earth, 12, 725–739, 2021

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

Solid Earth, 12, 725–739, 2021

Research article 26 Mar 2021

Research article | 26 Mar 2021

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

Jordi Diaz et al.


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ED: Publish as is (10 Feb 2021) by Koen Van Noten
ED: Publish as is (17 Feb 2021) by Tarje Nissen-Meyer(Executive Editor)
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.