Seismometers capture crowd activity at Seattle Seahawks game

By on January 20, 2014

Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field (Credit: erocsid, via Flickr)

Seismologists at the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network have installed earthquake sensors at the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, according to a release.

The sensors captured seismic activity generated by the crowd during a playoff matchup between the home team and the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11. Along with capturing some undulating wavelines, researchers installed the systems in less than a day, simulating a “fire-drill” procedure that is carried out following significant earthquakes.

Data recorded during the game have been posted online, along with analysis by the researchers. Installation of the two strong-motion seismometers added to an existing station at the stadium.

Image: Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field (Credit: erocsid, via Flickr)

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