Taylor Swift’s concert in Seattle left a lasting impression on her fans, but little did they know that their enthusiastic dancing and cheering would create seismic waves imitating an earthquake. Here’s the full story.
The Seismic Swift Shake
Known as the “Swift shake,” the tremors registered an equivalent magnitude of 2.3, as reported by CNN.
The seismic activity caused by the thrilled crowd was brought to the attention of Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a geology professor at Western Washington University.
Notably, similar seismic activity was observed during a past NFL game, revealing fascinating parallels between concerts and sports events.
The connection between seismic activity and enthusiastic crowds was first observed back in 2011 during an NFC Wild Card game in Seattle.
During a Touchdown Run
The game featured the Seattle Seahawks against the New Orleans Saints, and it became iconic when Seahawks’ running back, Marshawn Lynch made an astonishing touchdown run.
The cheers and jubilation from the fans were so intense that the ground shook, and the occurrence was dubbed “Beast Quake” after Lynch’s nickname, Beast Mode.
Fast forward to Taylor Swift’s concert, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach discovered that the seismic signals from both the concert and the Beast Quake were almost identical.
“I grabbed the data from both nights of the concert and quickly noticed they were clearly the same pattern of signals. I overlay them on top of each other, they’re nearly identical,” she said in an interview with CNN.
Twice as Strong as the Beast Quake
However, the Swifties managed to outdo the NFL fans with their energetic dancing, as the shaking during the concert was reportedly twice as strong as the Beast Quake.
One significant difference between the two events was the duration of the tremors.
For her concert, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach collected approximately 10 hours of data where the rhythm and energy of the music, the speakers, and the crowd’s beat influenced the behavior.
All this energy culminated and drove into the ground, resulting in the “Swift shake.”
One of Swift’s Favorite Weekends Ever
Taylor Swift, being the consummate performer and gracious artist she is, took the opportunity to express her gratitude to her dedicated fans in Seattle.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, she thanked them for making the Eras Tour concert at the Lumen Field stadium on July 22 and 23 one of her favorite weekends ever.
She appreciated the constant cheering, screaming, jumping, dancing, and singing at the top of their lungs that contributed to the incredible atmosphere of the event.
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
“Thousands Chanting Songs at the Same Moment”
One Twitter user wrote, “It is physically possible through hundreds of thousands of people in one place, and the clamor of music and thousands of throats chanting songs at the same moment.”
Another user wrote, “It’s incredible to see the power of music and the energy of her fans coming together to make such an impact.”
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