Pandemic Leads to Quieter World

MONDAY, July 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a much quieter world, researchers say.

They analyzed readings from earthquake detection equipment and found that as a result of pandemic-related lockdowns, human-generated noise has fallen by up to 50%, The New York Times reported.

"The length and quiescence of this period represents the longest and most coherent global seismic noise reduction in recorded history," the team of 76 scientists from more than two dozen countries wrote in the journal Science.

They said the decrease in din, which was far more than what typically occurs on weekends and holidays, is due to social distancing, industrial closures, and declines in travel and tourism, the Times reported.

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