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Shh. Peaceful.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought chaos to lives and economies around the world. But efforts to curb the spread of the virus might mean that the planet itself is moving a little less. Researchers who study Earth’s movement are reporting a drop in seismic noise — the hum of vibrations in the planet’s crust — that could be the result of transport networks and other human activities being shut down. They say this could allow detectors to spot smaller earthquakes and boost efforts to monitor volcanic activity and other seismic events.

A noise reduction of this magnitude is usually only experienced briefly around Christmas, says Thomas Lecocq, a seismologist the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, where the drop has been observed.

Trail Cam

I usually have a trail camera posted down by the stream at the bottom of our hill, just to see what kind of critters live down there. I’ve seen coyotes, foxes, raccoons, house cats, dogs, crows, people, lots of deer, lots of squirrels.

This month, I got three pics of this squirrel making this same leap:

trail cam

And, a flock of wild turkeys came by one morning:

trail cam


The whole thread is great.