Coronavirus Has A Bright Side for the Environment as Air Pollution Drops Worldwide

Coronavirus Has A Bright Side for the Environment as Air Pollution Drops Worldwide
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A new study has relieved that the ongoing epidemic has contributed to the change of how Earth moves. Recent data is confirming the modification of Earth’s speed and the researchers are receiving significantly lower seismic vibrations, the entire world being almost standing still. The NOAA’s ESRL Inrasonics Program is stating that geological occurrences such as Volcanic Eruptions, avalanche or movement of vehicles are determining low-frequency sounds that can only be detected using special equipment with a sensitivity feature. At this moment, the data collected in Brussels has shown the most significant result.

However, not all the research stations can be proud of such a significant outcome. Emily Wolin is a rock hound and she is working at the United States Geological Survey in New Mexico. Several of their equipment is located in specially designated quiet areas to avoid the sounds produced by daily human activity. Therefore, these types of machines have a minimal change in the data collected because of their position.

Air Pollution Drops Globally During The Coronavirus Lockdown

Thomas Lecoq, the seismologist of the Royal Observatory in Belgium, is saying that such massive reductions are being recorded only around the Christmas period. This has also been observed in California when collecting data at the Institute of Modern Technology in Pasadena. Celeste Labedz, a former student in geophysics, stated that the decrease is exceptionally high, enabling researchers to collect valuable data.

Natural occurrences such as Earthquakes, as well as a combination of many resonances caused by industrial activities, create the crust of the Planet to relocate. This is the moment when the historical noise occurs, leaving researchers on unknown territory because they cannot determine other signals taking place at the same time. The lockdown due to coronavirus is helping those seismologists that are researching the typical resonances such as the sound of crashing sea waves. The decrease of human-induced noise influences the sensitivity of the detector towards natural waves at similar frequencies.


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