In my January 10 post about Duck football and the fans shaking Autzen Stadium, I indulged my imagination and wrote:
If the crowd can shake an apartment half a mile away during a regular season game, just think what it could do for the national championship. I’m picturing seismologists in Washington and California, peering at their readouts with question marks over their heads.
Guess what had occurred in Seattle just two days earlier, during an NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans? When Seattle player Marshawn Lynch ran a 67-yard touchdown, the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network noticed.
Vidale said a seismic monitoring station located about 100 yards west of the stadium registered seismic activity during Lynch’s run. The shaking was most intense during a 30-second stretch about the time Lynch broke free from the line of scrimmage, finished off his touchdown and celebrated in the end zone with his teammates.
After that, Vidale said, the shaking died down, but it took about a minute for the shaking to completely fade away.
Of course, 100 yards isn’t much compared to the half-mile distance that Duck-inspired quakes can be felt, but still! I was just kidding. Obviously I’ll have to be more careful about my imaginings.