The Seattle Seahawks dominated the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. The 34-7 win clinched a playoff berth for the Seahawks and ensured homefield advantage throughout the postseason. That’s great news for Seattle considering how loud and crazy the fans can get. In fact, Seahawks fans are so intense that they are responsible for causing a small earthquake during the contest.
There were several moments throughout the game in which seismic instruments picked up something. The biggest was when Michael Bennett returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, which registered an earthquake with a magnitude in between 1 and 2.
It’s not uncommon for a large group of people, say a sold out stadium, to cause a minor earthquake when they are all moving at once. It just so happens that employees at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network were keeping an eye on the equipment during the game just in case something major was to happen. Obviously, Seattle is a hot spot for earthquakes, which is why there is so much equipment set up near the stadium.
It’s amazing that the 12th man has that much of an impact. The crowd noise has always been a factor, which includes Monday night when the fans took back their Guinness World Record of the loudest outdoor stadium noise. Century Link Field clocked out at 137.6 decibels, which was 0.1 decibels louder than that of Arrowhead Stadium earlier this season. To put that in perspective, a plane taking off usually falls into the 120 to 140 decibel range.