Taylor Swift Fans Make The Ground Shake, Again: Seismic Activity Detected During Edinburgh Concerts

After creating seismic activity at Taylor Swift concerts in California and Washington last year, Swifties have done it again — this time in Edinburgh. Seismologists at the British Geological Study have recognized Swift’s record-breaking June 7-9 shows as “ground shaking,” saying that earthquake readings were detected up to 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) from Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.

BGS monitoring stations around Edinburgh recorded the seismic activity generated by the concerts with each of the three evenings following a similar seismographic pattern. Swift’s performances of “…Ready For It?,” “Cruel Summer” and “champagne problems” resulted in the most significant activity each night, BGS reported today.

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The most enthusiastic dancing occurred on the Friday, although crowds on each night generated their own notable readings. In all, the concerts were attended by more than 200,000 fans.

The activity was mainly generated by fans dancing in time to the music and reached its peak at 160 beats per minute during “…Ready For It?,” where the crowd was transmitting approximately 80 kilowatts of power which BGS said is equivalent to about 6,000 car batteries.

Based on the maximum amplitude of motion (the distance the ground moves), the Friday night event was the most energetic by a small margin, recording 23.4 nanometers of movement.

Enthused BGS seismologist Callum Harrison, “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concert goers remotely through our data. The opportunity to explore a seismic activity created by a different kind of phenomenon has been a thrill. Clearly Scotland’s reputation for providing some of the most enthusiastic audiences remains well intact!”

In March, a study conducted by researchers at Caltech and UCLA concluded that Swift‘s August 2023 show at SoFi Stadium in California created seismic activity while her July stop at Seattle’s Lumen Field was similarly reported to have resulted in seismic activity the “equivalent of a 2.3 magnitude earthquake.”

The Edinburgh leg of The Eras Tour marked the first of 17 UK dates for Swift, which will wrap up in an eight-night run at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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