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Did Seahawks crowd cause a small seismic tremor during Lynch’s TD run?

Jan 10, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT


A lone scientist manning a seismic network station notices the needle acting erratically, and decides to call it in. The beginning of a bad disaster movie, or just another Seahawks game? You be the judge: The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, which locates earthquakes in Washington and Oregon, recorded a small tremor in downtown Seattle at 4:43 p.m. on Saturday afternoon … the exact time that Marshawn Lynch scored his tackle-busting touchdown against the Saints.


By the time his 67-yard, eight tackle breaking scamper in Saturday’s playoff game against the New Orleans Saints was over, the 12th man was rocking. And apparently so was the earth below the stadium.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded a small tremor at exactly 4:43 p.m. Saturday afternoon from an old monitoring system near where the Kingdome used to stand.

And while Qwest Field is famous nationwide for it’s crowd noise, PNSN scientists think their readings show that was the first recorded 12th man tremor, ever.

After all, the “quake” was recorded only at that single SoDo station.

While we don’t have the actual crowd noise, we do have a video of Lynch’s run with Temco Bowl sound effects. Enjoy.

Just coincidence that Lynch’s run happened during a mild earthquake, or did the 12th man actually cause seismic activity? And with that type of power over Mother Nature, why couldn’t Seattle keep the Sonics?

OK wait, here’s the crowd noise during Lynch’s run:

Seahawks 12th Man Creates Measurable Seismic Tremor? [Q13Fox]

  1. Out To Own - Jan 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

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  2. hawthornetheheater - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Of course we made that seismic activity. My right ear has hearing loss to prove it (cute blonde behind me in Club Section was screaming at top of her lungs in second half).

  3. bigdogpappad - Jan 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Not impressed by Q13Fox – or the PNSN Scientists

    The Earthquake Game is the name given to a famous college football game played in front of a crowd of 79,431 at Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium on October 8, 1988.

    The game pitted Southeastern Conference rival Auburn Tigers against LSU and was one of the more notable games in the Auburn LSU rivalry. Along with national rankings, at stake was the eventual SEC title. The stadium was filled to capacity and the game was being broadcast on ESPN.

    Auburn led the game 6-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. LSU’s quarterback Tommy Hodson drove the team down the field before finally throwing a last chance 4th down touchdown pass to Eddie Fuller. The reaction of the crowd was detected by a seismograph located in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex around 1,000 feet (305 m) from the stadium.