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Rowdy Seahawks Fans Register Magnitude 1 or 2 Earthquake During Fumble Return for TD, Set New Noise Record


"With only 12.4 more decibels, ear drums will begin to rupture..."

Seattle Seahawks fans cheer on their team in the second half of an NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime. AP

Not only did Seattle Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field set a new noise record during Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, they also registered the equivalent of a 1 or 2 magnitude earthquake.

"Seahawks fans jumping up and down during Monday night’s 22-yard Michael Bennett fumble return for a touchdown registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake," the Seattle Times reports.

The University of Washington operates a seismometer in a warehouse near the stadium and was able to measure the impact. A graphic was released to show the earthquake-like vibrations caused by the rowdy fans on Monday.


Further, NBC Sports reports that Seahawks fans, or the "12th Man," hit a peak noise level of 137.6 decibels, beating the previous record set by Chiefs fans at 137.03 in October.

"With only 12.4 more decibels, ear drums will begin to rupture," NBC Sports notes.


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