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Football fans cause minor earthquake


Posted on Sunday, 8 December, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments

Fans had been cheering for their home team. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 ArtBrom
A crowd of fans at a recent football game got so excited that their cheers registered as an earthquake.
Spectators supporting their home team during a game in Seattle on Monday managed to jump up and down with such gusto after a touchdown that their thunderous celebrations registered as an earthquake between a magnitude of 1 and 2 on the Richter scale.

The Seattle Seahawks had been playing the New Orleans Saints during the game which saw the Seahawks achieve a home victory.

John Vidale of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network stated that the ecstatic onlookers had generated five separate seismic events during the match.

The stadium at which the game took place, CenturyLink Field, had scooped a Guinness World Record for noise only a few months prior.

Source: BBC News | Comments (21)

Tags: Football, Earthquake

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by spud the mackem on 9 December, 2013, 8:58
Football as in Foot and Ball.How often does the Rugby..sorry..American FOOTball actually touch a foot?. Yer but sometimes they play Head Ball, boing,boing ,boing, get it on the ground man.
Comment icon #13 Posted by TopToffee on 9 December, 2013, 9:10
Yer but sometimes they play Head Ball, boing,boing ,boing, get it on the ground man. My Blues are doing that at the moment.Im sure it will end soon.
Comment icon #14 Posted by spud the mackem on 9 December, 2013, 9:12
Yer but sometimes they play Head Ball, boing,boing ,boing, get it on the ground man. My team likes passing back to the Goalie, 15 times on Saturday and when he kicked it out it went to the opposition 13 times,and we lost 2-1, when will they ever learn.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Taun on 9 December, 2013, 11:36
Saturday, during the University of Oklahoma vrs Oklahoma State U game, while the OSU kicker was attempting a field goal, we had a 4.5 earthquake... he made the kick though (darn it)...
Comment icon #16 Posted by maximusnow on 9 December, 2013, 15:10
Wow! Maybe??? Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Merc14 on 9 December, 2013, 15:27
Seattle played at San Francisco on December 8th but did break a record in Seattle when the 49ers visted in mid-September. They tried to break it again two weeks ago when the Saints visited but couldn't do it. As far as the NFL putting a stop to it, there is no way. It is called the 12th man and a big part of the stadium experience. The day the NFL tries to regulate stadium noise is the day the NFL starts its death spiral into mediocrity. Gronk getting taken out for the season by a low hit shows, IMHO, that the rule changes have already gone too far.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sweetpumper on 9 December, 2013, 16:37
Gronk getting taken out for the season by a low hit shows, IMHO, that the rule changes have already gone too far. Yep.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Controller Junkie on 10 December, 2013, 4:48
personally I think its jus another variable of the game, an uncontrollable element like weather. Even if they could "silence" the crowd, itwoukd be doing the game a great disservice. Im a huge fan of tge nfl, and in my opinion they have made the gAme worse by dehumanizing the game. For example the instant replay, which when goes in my teams favor is ok, Iguess I miss the human element of the game Ie. TIhe refs making judgement calls and reacting on the fly. I get that they want perfection, but imho nfl was better when it was a game of skill with added variables of chance and a bit of luck. Tha... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by TopToffee on 10 December, 2013, 5:53
My team likes passing back to the Goalie, 15 times on Saturday and when he kicked it out it went to the opposition 13 times,and we lost 2-1, when will they ever learn. .I hope you stay up Spud.I would rather the CarToon Army go down..
Comment icon #21 Posted by rattpoison on 5 January, 2014, 6:22
Didn't the NFL try to adress the crowd-noise issue in the 80s. I agree that it would make the game pretty lame. Would a ref hold up a sign so the crowd would know to be silent? If so then the NFL could just build a bunch of stadiums in a dessert somewhere so that all the games could be played at once with no crowd interference. Seattle was also pretty loud in the Kingdome days. I've read that they could get to 136 Db. I don't know why they didn't care about noise records as much then.


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