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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:16 PM Aug 2020

During Pandemic, Earthquake Scientists Detect Longest Period of Seismic Stillness on Record.


As coronavirus cases spread across the globe, governments shut down businesses and humans retreated into their homes.

International shipping slowed, cruise ships docked and ocean noise was measurably less, giving relief to whales, which are highly sensitive to noise. California’s shelter-in-place order forced a huge number of cars off the streets, and bears lazily strolled across typically busy roads in Yosemite.

The coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders offered a unique opportunity to study the natural world without the usual human cacophony.

An international team of 76 scientists from around the world has now quantified this moment of quiet, what some have called the “seismic silence” and “anthropause.”

The geoscientists analyzed readings from more than 300 stations scattered around the globe and discovered that the shutdowns caused a period of seismic stillness that was longer and more sustained than anything their instruments had recorded before.

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During Pandemic, Earthquake Scientists Detect Longest Period of Seismic Stillness on Record. (Original Post) byronius Aug 2020 OP
I'm sure Dump will take credit for it. LakeArenal Aug 2020 #1
that is an incredible tell Chili Aug 2020 #2
This message was self-deleted by its author Chili Aug 2020 #3
Are they theorizing that seismic activity is related to man's activity? diva77 Aug 2020 #4
why some of us are loners dweller Aug 2020 #5


(1,725 posts)
2. that is an incredible tell
Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:24 PM
Aug 2020

Too bad the whole world couldn't do that for, say, every 1/2 day on weekdays, then one day every weekend, alternating Sat & Sun.

I think I thought too hard there.

[ That made me think so hard I posted it twice... ]

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