New video captures seismic effect of Leicester City Football Club success

Posted by er134 at Apr 29, 2016 12:32 PM |
University of Leicester geology students describe project to capture football-quakes

You can watch, download and embed a video about the ‘Vardyquake’ project at:

Seismogram data collected by the students available to download at:

If Leicester City win the Premier League title at Manchester United this Sunday shockwaves will be felt around the country.

Pubs and bars across the city are preparing for what could be a huge party, as a win at Old Trafford will see the Foxes crowned the Premier League champions.

A team from the University of Leicester has been capturing the seismic effect that the football club is having across the city.

Geology students have been monitoring seismic signals detected by earthquake monitoring equipment installed near the King Power Stadium.

Now in a new video the students describe the way they have been capturing the data to demonstrate how Leicester City Football Club is literally making the earth move.

Richard Hoyle, a first year geology student at Leicester, said: “We have detected signals for every goal scored by Leicester since installing the equipment but Ulloa’s 89th minute goal against Norwich produced the largest seismic signal at 0.3 magnitude.

“This was a crucial match for Leicester and fans were very tense. The celebrations following that goal must have been sensational and we would expect a similar reaction at Old Trafford if Leicester win the League this weekend.”

Earthquake monitoring equipment was installed at Hazel Community Primary School which is located 500 metres from the King Power Stadium, enabling the team to detect, record and calculate the magnitudes of seismic signals coming from earthquakes around the world.

The students discovered that the equipment was actually measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release by the elated Leicester fans when their team scored a goal at home matches.

The team is looking to install more equipment around the city ahead of Leicester’s last home match of the season against Everton on Saturday 7 May.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle said: “Leicester City Football Club stands at the threshold of sporting immortality.

“Arguably, until recently, the city of Leicester – once described by the late Sir Terry Wogan as Britain’s ‘lost city’ – has not in itself been a big draw for students and scholars.

“But in the space of just a year, its reputation and appeal has been transformed. The creative and delivery-focused approach of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is revamping the city infrastructure; the phenomenal football team has come from nowhere to challenge for the Premiership title; and the discovery and reinterment of King Richard III, have all combined to make Leicester a compelling place in what Chancellor George Osborne calls the “Midlands Engine”. Leicester is finally putting itself firmly on the map – in the UK and abroad.”

The University has also planned a host of activities for a Backing The Blues Day on Friday 29 April.  More information here:

You can follow updates via the students’ Twitter account @VardyQuake


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