COVID-19 has Hushed Human Noise to Record Lows. Here’s Why it Matters for Earthquakes



The hustle and bustle of an average day is usually pretty loud depending on where you live: cars honking on the road, construction workers banging on concrete for hours on end, and people shouting over said noise to talk to someone next to them. But new research says lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have hushed the world, leading to a drop in human-caused vibrations felt in Earth by an average of 50% — the quietest humankind has been in recorded history. “The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic may have given us a glimmer of insight into how human and natural noise interact within the Earth,” study co-author Dr. Stephen Hicks from Imperial’s department of earth science and engineering


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