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Taylor Swift fans know how to shake it up, literally.
Throughout two of Swift’s Seattle “Eras” tour dates, fans danced and screamed all night long.
In doing so, they inadvertently caused seismic activity equivalent of a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, according to seismologist Jackie Caplan-Auerbach.
The “Swift Quake” is now being compared to the 2011 “Beast Quake,” which happened when the Seattle Seahawks erupted after a perfect touchdown by running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch.
The excited activity was detected on the same local seismometer as the Swift concert, Caplan-Auerbach told CNN.
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Caplan-Auerbach works as a geology professor at Western Washington University.
He saw the comparison in a Pacific Northwest earthquake group she moderates on Facebook and quickly got to work.
She grabbed the data from both nights of the concert and noticed they were the same pattern of signals.
Caplan-Auerbach said: “If I overlay them on top of each other, they’re nearly identical.”
The only sizable difference between the July 22 and July 23 shows, is their 26 minute difference.
Caplan-Auerbach added: “I asked around and found out the Sunday show was delayed by about half an hour, so that adds up.”
Despite “Beast Quake” and “Swift Quake” having a magnitude difference of only 0.3, Caplan-Auerbach said Swift’s fans have the Seahawks fans beat.
She added: “The shaking was twice as strong as ‘Beast Quake’. It absolutely doubled it.”
The difference between the “quakes” is the duration of shaking. The excitment after a touchdown only lasts a few seconds.
The crowd’s at the singer’s concerts went on for much longer.
The geology professor said: “It’s much more random than a concert. For Taylor Swift, I collected about 10 hours of data where rhythm controlled the behavior. The music, the speakers, the beat. All that energy can drive into the ground and shake it.”
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Caplan-Auerbach loves that the seismic activity from Swift’s concerts happened because it gave her the chance to show people sciene.
She added “it doesn’t have to happen in a lab with a white coat. Everyday observations and experiences are science.”
CNN’s Chloe Melas, who attended one of Swift’s Seattle concerts, said it was unlike anything she’d ever experienced,” and that you “could literally feel the ground shaking beneath your feet.”
Swift, whose tour is boosting the economy, thanked her Seattle audiences in an Instagram post on Monday for “all the cheering, screaming, jumping, dancing, singing at the top of your lungs.”
Taylor Swift fans know how to make some noise in the presence of their idol.
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