Amazing touchdown sparks earthquake

January 8th 2011, an NFL play off game between the 2010 Superbowl champions, New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle’s Qwest Field Stadium. New Orleans are clear favourites, but “the beast” Marshwan Lych has a point to prove- a 67-yard touchdown might do the trick. The Seattle running back decimates the Saints’ defensive line, sending the 66,336 Seattle fans into a state of hysterical rapture, so much so that the vibrations from the stadium were captured on a seismometer, erected to detect activity across the Pacific Northwest.

“The stands were shaking,” said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. “You probably would have felt it very easily if you were outside the stadium.”

John said the celebration was the equivalent of a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake, although the movement was highly localised.

Amazingly, this is not the first time sport has moved the Earth: In 2006, scientists in Cameroon were baffled when researching an unexplained series of seismic spikes in late January and Early February. They eventually realised the activity represented each of the Cameroon football (soccer) team’s goals, scored in the African Cup of Nations.

Marshwan Lynch Seismograph

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Picture via The Seattle Times

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