Taylor Swift’s recent performances at Lumen Field in Seattle had a surprising side effect – it caused seismic activity equivalent to a 2.3 magnitude earthquake. Seismologist Jackie Caplan-Auerbach discovered this phenomenon, comparing it to the famous 2011 “Beast Quake” caused by Seattle Seahawks fans.
Swift, known for her dedicated fan base, sold out both nights in Seattle, with a whopping 72,171 fans attending the Saturday show. This broke a venue record and demonstrated the immense popularity of her current Eras Tour.
The Eras Tour is also making headlines due to its staggering cost. It is estimated to have a budget of over $100 million, making it one of the most expensive tours ever undertaken. Swift has spared no expense in putting on a show that truly dazzles her fans and leaves a lasting impression.
While it may come as a surprise, seismic activity during concerts is not unheard of. Past events, such as a Foo Fighters concert in 2011 and a Garth Brooks concert in 2022, registered seismic activity as well. However, specific magnitudes were not provided for those occurrences.
Intriguingly, Caplan-Auerbach compared the seismic data from both Swift’s concerts and the 2011 NFL event, finding that the Swift fans surpassed the shaking caused by the Beast Quake. The combination of the enthusiastic dancing and cheering from the Swifties, along with the powerful music, generated an immense amount of energy that reverberated into the ground and resulted in the seismic activity.
The Seattle concerts marked the end of the US leg of the Eras Tour, signaling the transition to the next phase. Swift will now head to California before embarking on the international part of the tour, starting in Mexico City on August 24th.
Overall, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour continues to captivate audiences and make waves, quite literally. The seismic activity caused by her performances in Seattle serves as a testament to the unmatched energy and passion displayed by her dedicated fans, promising an exhilarating experience for those attending future shows.