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Taylor Swift Fans Set Off 2.3 Magnitude ‘Swift Quake’ During Seattle Concert, Says Seismologist

The fans' lively dance moves led to seismic activity equivalent to a 2.3 magnitude earthquake.

The seismic activity caused by Taylor Swift fans is making headlines.

During Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour dates at Seattle’s Lumen Field on July 22 and 23, devoted fans, known as “Swifties,” were reportedly responsible for generating what seismologist Jackie Caplan-Auerbach has dubbed “Swift Quakes.”

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CNN reported that the concerts witnessed a record attendance on Saturday, and the fans’ lively dance moves led to seismic activity equivalent to a 2.3 magnitude earthquake.

Caplan-Auerbach, a geology professor at Western Washington University, observed these fascinating occurrences while moderating a Pacific Northwest earthquake group on Facebook. Analyzing the data from both concert nights, she quickly recognized an unmistakable pattern in the seismic signals, almost identical when overlaid.

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Taylor Swift On Stage In Seattle. PHOTO – TAYLORSWIFT/INSTAGRAM


Drawing a comparison to a similar event in the city’s history, Caplan-Auerbach mentioned the “Beast Quake” of 2011 when Seattle Seahawks fans celebrated Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch’s extraordinary touchdown during the NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints. However, the Swifties outperformed the NFL fans, as the shaking caused by their excitement was twice as intense as the “Beast Quake.”

Explaining the distinction, the professor elaborated, stating that cheers after a touchdown last only a few seconds and then dissipate, while the concert-induced shaking persisted for approximately 10 hours due to the rhythmic nature of the fans’ behavior. The music, the speakers, and the beat all contributed to the energetic vibrations that reverberated into the ground.

SurgeZirc UK attempted to reach out to Jackie Caplan-Auerbach for additional insights, but no response was immediately available.

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Taylor Swift Performing During Seattle’s leg of Eras Tour


Apart from setting records with their passionate cheering, Taylor Swift’s influence also extends to prominent figures like Travis Kelce, the 2023 Super Bowl MVP from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Kelce, aged 33, recently shared his attempt to meet Swift during one of her tour stops but was unable to do so. Despite being a Super Bowl champion, he found himself unable to access the pop star’s backstage area, which is kept strictly private to preserve her voice for the extensive 44-song performances.

Kelce expressed his disappointment on his podcast New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, co-hosted by his brother Jason. Although he received several friendship bracelets from Taylor Swift concerts, Kelce had hoped to present her with a personalized bracelet featuring his number. Nevertheless, he humorously acknowledged being “a little butthurt” that his plan did not materialize.

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