Social seismology – the effect of COVID-19 lockdown measures on seismology
Social seismology – the effect of COVID-19 lockdown measures on seismology
Editor(s): Thomas Lecocq, Tarje Nissen-Meyer, Raphael De Plaen, Paula Koelemeijer, Koen Van Noten, and Stephen Hicks
In the last months, there has been a storm both in traditional and social media about the observation that the Covid-19 lockdown measures cause an unprecedented seismic urban “silence”, which is observed globally on many urban seismic stations. It is the first time that such a protracted noise reduction has been observed on a global scale at the same time. To gather all seismological analyses that arise from this unique period, we are organising a Solid Earth special issue on the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown measures on global seismic noise. Any papers fitting the following thematics/topics are welcomed:

  • key elements of anthropogenic ambient noise data processing
  • anthropogenic noise source characterisation and detection
  • influence of sensor types, self-noise, etc., on anthropogenic ambient seismic noise
  • improvement of network performance and seismicity studies
    • improved magnitude completeness
    • “new” event detections during lockdown periods
    • improved volcano monitoring
  • noise reduction comparison with other observables
    • mobility data
    • other environmental physical data, like “audible noise”
    • new ideas of comparison
  • advantages of lockdown “silence” on felt earthquake report data.
Do not hesitate to contact the special issue editors prior to submission to discuss the eligibility of your ideas.

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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
Solid Earth, 12, 2127–2144,,, 2021
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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
Solid Earth, 12, 2351–2368,,, 2021
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16 Jun 2021
The effect of confinement due to COVID-19 on seismic noise in Mexico
Xyoli Pérez-Campos, Víctor H. Espíndola, Daniel González-Ávila, Betty Zanolli Fabila, Víctor H. Márquez-Ramírez, Raphael S. M. De Plaen, Juan Carlos Montalvo-Arrieta, and Luis Quintanar
Solid Earth, 12, 1411–1419,,, 2021
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17 May 2021
Seismic noise variability as an indicator of urban mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Santiago metropolitan region, Chile
Javier Ojeda and Sergio Ruiz
Solid Earth, 12, 1075–1085,,, 2021
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31 Mar 2021
Unprecedented quiescence in resource development area allows detection of long-lived latent seismicity
Rebecca O. Salvage and David W. Eaton
Solid Earth, 12, 765–783,,, 2021
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25 Mar 2021
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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26 Mar 2021
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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09 Feb 2021
Seismic monitoring of the Auckland Volcanic Field during New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown
Kasper van Wijk, Calum J. Chamberlain, Thomas Lecocq, and Koen Van Noten
Solid Earth, 12, 363–373,,, 2021
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02 Feb 2021
Seismic evidence of the COVID-19 lockdown measures: a case study from eastern Sicily (Italy)
Andrea Cannata, Flavio Cannavò, Giuseppe Di Grazia, Marco Aliotta, Carmelo Cassisi, Raphael S. M. De Plaen, Stefano Gresta, Thomas Lecocq, Placido Montalto, and Mariangela Sciotto
Solid Earth, 12, 299–317,,, 2021
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