Leicester City’s fans continue to roar on their team to unexpected success and a side effect of their incessant cheering is also… small earthquakes.
With the Foxes leading the Premier League by five points with nine games to go — they were tipped by many to be relegated this season — Claudio Ranieri‘s side are shocking everyone.
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And according to a study they’re also sending shock-waves through the tectonic planes underneath their King Power Stadium.
According to the Press Association, a “group of geology students at the University of Leicester placed earthquake detecting equipment at a primary school near to the ground.”
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And when Leonardo Ulloa‘s 89th-minute goal arrived in Leicester’s recent 1-0 win over Norwich City, the equipment detected seismic activity measuring 0.3 on the Richter scale. The equipment also picked up activity during the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, specifically around the time Danny Drinkwater scored to put Leicester 1-0 up.
One of the students, Richard Hoyle, revealed the realization of what was triggering the events.
“A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analyzing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the stadium nearby.
“A closer look showed us there was a strong correlation between the exact time Leicester scored at home and the occurrence of the large seismic signals. We concluded our equipment was measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release by the cheering Leicester fans celebrating at the moment a goal was scored.”
People across the world have been tuning in to watch Leicester this season and have marveled out the ferocious atmosphere at the KP. I’ve heard many say: “That place is rocking.”
Turns out, it really was.