Marshawn Lynch touchdown: a seismic view of Seahawks-Saints


Hey, did you feel that? (Harry How / Getty Images)

Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown in the Seattle Seahawks’ 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints, causing the usual cascade of events: flying Skittles, shaking earth.

Seismometers at CenturyLink Field measured the repercussions and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s website kept track of all the activity. The purpose, PNSN said on the site, was “to investigate how an excited crowd energizes the stadium structure to shake, and how that shaking propagates into the surrounding ground.” The data remains to be crunched by the expert, but the images are pretty amazing.

Here’s a larger look at that image:

(Courtesy Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Twitter feed)
(Courtesy Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Twitter feed)

Lynch has a fair amount of history at making the earth quake. He set the sensors off when he scored on a phenomenal 67-yard touchdown scamper in the Seahawks’ 2011 wild-card game. Here’s how that looked:


(Courtesy Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)

For comparison purposes, here’s the reaction to the shanked field-goal attempt by Shayne Graham:

And this was just an NFC divisional playoff game. Imagine what the place will be like next week, for the championship game. And if it’s Beast Mode time again?

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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