Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Solid Earth, 12, 765–783, 2021

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

Solid Earth, 12, 765–783, 2021

Research article 31 Mar 2021

Research article | 31 Mar 2021

Unprecedented quiescence in resource development area allows detection of long-lived latent seismicity

Rebecca O. Salvage and David W. Eaton

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Subject area: The evolving Earth surface | Editorial team: Seismics, seismology, geoelectrics, and electromagnetics | Discipline: Seismology
Strain to ground motion conversion of distributed acoustic sensing data for earthquake magnitude and stress drop determination
Itzhak Lior, Anthony Sladen, Diego Mercerat, Jean-Paul Ampuero, Diane Rivet, and Serge Sambolian
Solid Earth, 12, 1421–1442,,, 2021
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Regional centroid moment tensor inversion of small to moderate earthquakes in the Alps using the dense AlpArray seismic network: challenges and seismotectonic insights
Gesa Maria Petersen, Simone Cesca, Sebastian Heimann, Peter Niemz, Torsten Dahm, Daniela Kühn, Jörn Kummerow, Thomas Plenefisch, and the AlpArray and AlpArray-Swath-D working groups
Solid Earth, 12, 1233–1257,,, 2021
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Seismic monitoring of urban activity in Barcelona during the COVID-19 lockdown
Jordi Diaz, Mario Ruiz, and José-Antonio Jara
Solid Earth, 12, 725–739,,, 2021
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Seismic signature of the COVID-19 lockdown at the city scale: a case study with low-cost seismometers in the city of Querétaro, Mexico
Raphael S. M. De Plaen, Víctor Hugo Márquez-Ramírez, Xyoli Pérez-Campos, F. Ramón Zuñiga, Quetzalcoatl Rodríguez-Pérez, Juan Martín Gómez González, and Lucia Capra
Solid Earth, 12, 713–724,,, 2021
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Accelerating Bayesian microseismic event location with deep learning
Alessio Spurio Mancini, Davide Piras, Ana Margarida Godinho Ferreira, Michael Paul Hobson, and Benjamin Joachimi
Solid Earth Discuss.,,, 2021
Revised manuscript accepted for SE
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Small earthquakes in Alberta and north-east British Columbia have been previously ascribed to industrial activities. The COVID-19 pandemic forced almost all these activities to stop for ~ 4 months. However, unexpectedly, earthquakes still occurred during this time. Some of these earthquakes may be natural and some the result of earthquakes > M6 occurring around the world. However, ~ 65 % of the earthquakes detected may be the remnants of previous fluid injection in the area (latent seismicity).