For the first time ever, somewhat surprisingly, scientists have managed to record a mini earthquake created by football fans. Last month, a team of geologists from the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey (BSG) set up a seismometer 500m from Leicester City FC’s King Power stadium, as part of a project designed to get more people interested in science.
They timed the experiment well. It just so happened that on February 27th, Premier League leaders Leicester City were struggling to break down Norwich City at home, with the game seemingly destined to finish goalless. Fortunately for (most) football fans, Claudio Ranieri’s group of players and, of course, the geologists, substitute Leonardo Ulloa popped up with a goal in the 89th minute to hand Leicester victory and send the crowd wild.
The academic team managed to record a quake with a magnitude of 0.3 when the celebrations erupted. “The seismometers were actually closer to the Leicester Tigers [rugby] ground and so we were expecting stronger signals from there but we can't find anything,” said Paul Denton, a seismologist from the BSG. “It says something about the nature of football, it's so tense and then we get four or five seconds of unexpected magic. It wasn't just a case of cheering or clapping, it was 30,000 people standing up at the same time -- an awful amount of energy."
The event has been labelled the ‘Vardy Quake’ after Leicester’s top scorer, which we’re sure Ulloa will be disappointed with. It’s even got its own Twitter account. All we need now is for Harry ‘Hurricane’ Kane's Tottenham Hotspur to blow their title chances. I'll get my coat. [BBC]