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EQ triggered by Seattle Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field

Saw this on Yahoo just now - not sure if this is rare, but nonetheless very unusual...
Earthquake triggered by fans at CenturyLink Field

Seattle Seahawks fans are about as raucous as they come. Not only did they reclaim the Guinness World Record Monday night for loudest recorded crowd noise at an outdoor sporting event by peaking at 137.6 dB, they also managed to cause an earthquake.

After Michael Bennett's fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter, fans evidently jumped up and down their seats so forcefully that the movement actually registered a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake on a nearby seismometer belonging to the University of Washington. In what could be dubbed as an 'aftershock' to the Beast Quake in Jan. 2011, Monday's scientific findings from CenturyLink field mark the second time Seahawks fans have created a seismic stir while beating the Saints.

The 'Hawks dominated both sides of the ball, as Russell Wilson upstaged his idol Drew Brees en route to a statement 34-7 win in Seattle.

And happened for the 3rd time, against the same Seahawks' opponent(Saints) in 3 years. Posting this b/c you have to wonder how WEAK the earth's crust et al is now.(ie-6's have become the "new norm" now)
Beast quake: Seahawks fans rock stadium again

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seismologists say Seahawks fans shook the ground under Seattle's CenturyLink Field during Saturday's defeat of the New Orleans Saints, causing another fan-generated earthquake.

The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynch's famous ''beast quake'' touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game.

John Vidale of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington told The Seattle Times ( ) they will know for sure in a few days.

Fans jumped and stomped their way to magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake in 2011 during Lynch's rambling, tackle-breaking ''beast quake'' run.
Latest BeastQuake run from Marshawn Lynch didn't top original gallop

SEATTLE BeastQuake 3.

Marshawn Lynch's 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the NFC championship game set off the second-largest tremor in the history of CenturyLink Field.

Comparison of the original BQ in red to BQ3 in black. Bigger than last week but can't beat the original #BeastQuake

5:56 PM - 19 Jan 2014

"It was definitely bigger than the one last week," said Jon Connolly of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

The initial "BeastQuake," caused by a Lynch touchdown in 2011 in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, would have measured about a 2 on the Richter scale, according to PNSN seismologist John Vidale. Last week's fan quake, also caused by a Lynch score ("BeastQuake 2"), was thought to be the biggest but later proved to be smaller than the original.

The PNSN staff on site here at the stadium set up three instruments (Hawk 1, Hawk 2 and Hawk 3) before the NFC title game to measure activity on Sunday. The first half brought little commotion, but the third quarter featured the home team's first touchdown and a meaningful jolt.

"We definitely felt that," Connolly yelled into his cell phone in the din after the touchdown. It was clear from the seismograph on Connolly's screen that Sunday's quake eclipsed last week's tremor but not the 2011 standard

The game was played in front of the largest crowd in stadium history. Lynch's touchdown tied the game at 10.

Magnitude-4.0 quake jolts Washington's Puget Sound

SEATTLE (AP) A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday, waking up residents who felt it miles away in Seattle.

The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia and downtown Seattle.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit around 3 a.m. and had a depth of 11 miles. The Kitsap County's emergency dispatch did not receive any reports of damage or injuries.

John Vidale, professor in earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, told The Seattle Times that "the people who reported feeling it were all across Puget Sound."

Vidale said this was the biggest quake to shake the region this year, but a magnitude-4.0 earthquake does little damage.

"It woke me up because the alarms went off. Whenever there's an earthquake, beepers go off and we were up making sure all the reporting is done right," Vidale said.

Posts on social media suggest the shaking woke residents up and frightened animals. More than 400 people reported feeling the quake across the region, most saying it was weak or light. Forum Index -> EARTH, Quakes, Weather
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