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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:10 PM

Earth-shaking victory: Ecstatic Sounders fans register on seismograph

SEATTLE -- The thunderous roars that came from CenturyLink Field celebrating the goals sealing the Seattle Sounders' second MLS Cup didn't just carry across Sodo and Pioneer Square.

They registered as seismic events.

The "SoundersFC Soccer Shake" experiment was conducted by the University of Washington's Pacific Northwest Seismic Network group. Seismologists placed a seismograph inside the stadium to measure the earth-moving cheers the Sounders fans had in the team's 3-1 victory over Toronto FC Sunday.

Sure enough, all three goals registered on the seismograph, though it seems to have been the second goal that topped the trio.


The experiment, which is part of their routine training for rapid instrument installation and urban seismology, was born in the wake of the Seattle Seahawks home playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch rolled off an epic run that wound its way through the Saints defense, culminating in a touchdown that sent the stadium into a frenzy so loud it was picked up on neighboring seismographs. It became known in local lore as "Beast Quake".


I was there when the "Beastquake" occured.

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