The COVID-19 lockdown caused seismic activity to halve around the world

A New York City Police officer (NYPD) takes a selfie while in the middle of the street in an almost empty Times Square, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New York City, U.S., March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2GVF94Y1ID

Stay-at-home orders caused a massive reduction in seismic activity caused by humans. Image: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Paula Koelemeijer
Royal Society University Research Fellow, Royal Holloway
Stephen Hicks
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seismology, Imperial College London
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This seismic noise quiet period is the longest and most prominent on record. Image: Science Magazine
Even quieter areas experienced reductions in seismic noise. Image: DAVID ARQUIMBAU SINTES/EPA
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