Fans generated earthquake on Lynch TD run

Updated: January 12, 2014, 3:40 PM ET


ESPN.com news services


SEATTLE — Seismologists say Seahawks fans shook the ground under Seattle’s CenturyLink Field during Saturday’s defeat of the New Orleans Saints, causing another fan-generated earthquake.

The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynch’s famous “beast quake” touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game.

John Vidale of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington told The Seattle Times they will know for sure in a few days.

PNSN posted graphs during the game through its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Lynch TD shows up all three seismometers. This ground motion NOT fan noise #BeastQuake #GoHawks #NOvsSEA pic.twitter.com/d3YY4sP2F5

— PNSN (@PNSN1) January 11, 2014

Fans jumped and stomped their way to magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake in 2011 during Lynch’s rambling, tackle-breaking “beast quake” run.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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