UPDATE: All three Sounders goals caused measurable seismic activity, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The biggest shaking occurred after Victor Rodriguez’s goal that made it 2-0 and would eventually stand up as the game-winner.
Congrats to @MLS champs @SoundersFC! Today's goals were easy to spot on our seismograms.— PNSN (@PNSN1) November 11, 2019
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When Marshawn Lynch broke nine tackles on his way to scoring the winning touchdown in a 2011 NFL playoff game against the New Orleans, fans got so excited that their energy actually registered on nearby seismographs. The legend of “Beast Quake” was also born.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has since made a habit of installing seismographs at CenturyLink Field in order to get more accurate measurements.
“Fans simply yelling will be of no interest to us; however their jumping up and down should generate vibrations in the stadium and even be transmitted through the ground to sites at some distance,” the PNSN explained in its announcement. “The SounderFC fans are particularly well known for their synchronized rhythmic jumping together, which should generate very strong seismic signals. Just how strong; that is the question we hope to answer.”
The results will be available in real-time on the organization’s website.