The Unexpected Way COVID-19 Allows Us to Deal with Earthquakes More Efficiently

The Unexpected Way COVID-19 Allows Us to Deal with Earthquakes More Efficiently

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be one of the most terrible scourges that humanity ever had to face, but it still has its good parts. The huge number of restrictions and lockdowns from all across the world are leading to an outstanding reduction in human-linked seismic vibrations. This obviously leads to more chances of detecting earthquakes on time.

The scientists involved in the study discovered that human-linked Earth vibrations dropped by around 50% between March and May this year.

It began in China

The ‘wave a quieting’ that the researchers are talking about began in China along with the lockdown measures from late January, and it was followed by Europe and the rest of the world. The largest downfalls in human-induced vibrations were detected in densely populated areas such as Singapore and New York City, but significant drops were also seen in the case of remote areas like Germany’s Black Forest and Rundu in Namibia.

Stephen Hicks, who is a seismologist at Imperial College London, declared:

“It has yielded a new window on the natural seismic signals, and could let us see more clearly than ever what differentiates human and natural noise,”

But the good news is not over yet, as the scientists say that the findings also show that seismologists can establish better how long people take to react to the imposition and lifting of the measures regarding lockdown.

It’s obviously not gainful for the Earth looking at the overall situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 600,000 people worldwide, and it’s even increasing in the US, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Romania, Serbia, and other countries.

The study was published in the journal Science. The work was co-led by the Royal Observatory from Belgium and five more institutions. They all had been using data from 268 monitoring stations scattered across 117 countries.



Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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