Plenty of people will be watching the Carolina Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL playoffs today, including a group of scientists from Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN). But, they're not interested in the final score. They're going to be looking at the seismic impact of thousands of cheering fans instead.
Back in 2011, a stunning comeback by the Seahawks led to such raucous celebration by the fans in CenturyLink Field that a nearby earthquake sensor picked up on the vibrations caused by the stomping of elated fans.
Since then, scientists have been able to capture other seismic events caused by fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Now, the people at PNSN want to take their research a step further and use today's game to test out their earthquake warning system.