Leicester fans produce biggest 'Vardyquake'

Posted by er134 at May 09, 2016 10:45 AM |
Geology students measure largest seismic signals during last home match of the season
Leicester fans produce biggest 'Vardyquake'

King's goal produced a 0.4 magnitude

Fans at Leicester City's final home game of the season against Everton caused the biggest earth tremors recorded at the ground.

A team of Leicester Geology students installed a seismometer at Hazel Community School near the King Power Stadium earlier this year and has been monitoring seismic signals during Leicester City home matches.

Goals by both Jamie Vardy and Andy King notched up quakes of 0.4 magnitude. Previously, the largest signal was produced during the game against Norwich following Ulloa's 89th minute winning goal.

Known as ‘Vardyquakes’, after the team’s leading goal scorer and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Jamie Vardy, the tremors have been attributed to sudden energy releases made by Foxes fans.

Richard Hoyle, a first year Geology student, said: "It's truly unprecedented to see earthquakes of this size coming from the stadium. The fans must have been really energised for their team to end the league on a high and we see this with the seismic waves they produced on Saturday. What a great result!

"Vardy also brought us the biggest signal generated from a penalty goal yesterday, a 0.3. Previously Ulloa held that record with a 0.1 so Vardy's goal was significantly more powerful.

"In fact, if we collate all of the data from previous matches, out of all the LCFC goal scorers Vardy is responsible for generating the most seismic activity since the project started so perhaps there really is such a phenomena as the Vardyquake!"

The project has attracted global media attention, with journalists coming from Italy, Spain and Belgium to interview the students. It was also the BBC's most popular story back in March.

The equipment will remain set up at the school to monitor future games but also to detect worldwide earthquakes, as was the original purpose for the project.

Watch a video about the project below:

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