UNITED STATES: Taylor Swift, the beloved pop sensation, once again showcased her musical prowess, leaving a sold-out crowd of 144,000 fans at the iconic Lumen Field Stadium in Seattle, USA, utterly mesmerized.
On the nights of Saturday (22 Jul) and Sunday (23 Jul), Swift’s electrifying performance unleashed seismic shockwaves that reverberated throughout the city, registering a staggering magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter scale.
The impact was so significant that it surpassed the previous seismic record set during Seattle’s infamous “Beast Quake” in 2011.
Back then, it was the football fans of the Seattle Seahawks, celebrating Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, who made the earth tremble.
Dr. Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a distinguished geology professor at Western Washington University, analyzed the seismic data and highlighted the astonishing intensity of Swift’s concert.
While the difference between the NFL game and the recent music extravaganza was merely 0.3 on the Richter scale, the shaking caused by Taylor Swift’s performance was twice as powerful, an undeniable testament to the immense impact of her show.
I guess I should show the data. Swifties > Seahawks fans.
(except data from the concert may not be caused by the fans–it may be the sound system, so not really a fair comparison). pic.twitter.com/szwowOYQFi
— Jackie Caplan-Auerbach 🇺🇦 🌻 (@geophysichick) July 27, 2023
Employing cutting-edge seismometer technology, Dr. Caplan-Auerbach successfully captured the low-frequency ground shaking triggered by the sheer magnitude of Swift’s performance.
Although the magnitude remained below the range of human hearing, the seismometer’s precision enabled it to detect the seismic impact of Swift’s music, defying the conventional boundaries of a typical concert experience.
“I grabbed the data from both nights of the concert and quickly noticed they were clearly the same pattern of signals,” shared the enthusiastic seismologist, awestruck by the unprecedented phenomenon. “If I overlay them on top of each other, they’re nearly identical.”
The historic Lumen Field Stadium, renowned for hosting high-energy events, once again etched its name in the annals of music history as Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” took the world by storm.
The fervor of Swift’s fans, combined with her impeccable showmanship, culminated in an awe-inspiring spectacle that left an indelible mark on Seattle’s entertainment landscape.
Swift’s monumental concert in Seattle signifies the culmination of the domestic leg of her triumphant “Eras” tour, her first in five years.