Scientists Will Monitor Seahawks Stadium For Fan-Induced Earthquakes

January 8, 2015 7:20 PM

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On Saturday, the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks will meet for a NFC divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle. But while football fans across the country watch the showdown, a team of scientists from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) will be keeping an eye on a different part of the action--testing an earthquake early warning system with the (inadvertent) help of Seahawks fans.

Back in 2011, a stunning comeback by the Seahawks led to such raucous celebration by the fans in CenturyLink Field that a nearby earthquake sensor picked up on the vibrations caused by the stomping of elated fans. Quickly nicknamed the "Beast Quake" researchers decided to install more sensors to see...

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