In a surprising turn of events, Taylor Swift’s passionate fans caused an earthquake of excitement at her highly anticipated performance. Fans of the pop star, affectionately called “Swifties,” met in large numbers to cheer on their idol’s performance, turning the place into an electric show. As Taylor took the stage, the crowd was so excited that the ground shook.
This was a small earthquake. Swift has a huge impact on her fans, which is clear not only from the fact that her songs are always at the top of the charts, but also from the huge waves of love they cause. This big party shows how strong the bond is between Taylor Swift and her fans, who call themselves Swifties.
Swift Fans Cause Earthquake
Recall her errors, reversals, and earthquakes. Swifties at the Eras Tour in Seattle over the past weekend danced so vigorously that they produced seismic activity comparable to a low-grade earthquake, in yet another instance of life mirroring art (this time, the art being lyrics to Taylor Swift’s 2017 Reputation track “Dress”).
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Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a professor of geology at Western Washington University, made the discovery after estimating the “Swift-quake” at Lumen Field to be 2.3 on the magnitude scale.
“For Taylor Swift, I collected about 10 hours of data where rhythm controlled the behavior,” Caplan-Auerbach said in an interview with CNN on Thursday, July 27. “The music, the speakers, the beat. All that energy can drive into the ground and shake it.”
The revelations brought to mind another occurrence that happened at Lumen Field in 2011 when cheering Seattle Seahawks fans were enthralled by a spectacular touchdown by running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch.
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According to Caplan-Auerbach, the seismic activity associated with the game registered on the same local seismometer as that associated with the Eras concert. “The shaking was twice as strong as ‘Beast Quake,'” she continued.“It absolutely doubled it.”
When comparing action from the Saturday (July 22) and Sunday (July 23) performances, Caplan-Auerbach reported that neither Swiftie crowd was noticeably rowdier than the other.
The only significant difference between the two groups’ dancing was that the second show began around 30 minutes later than the first because of delays.
By the way, not only scientists were aware of the stadium’s record-breaking movement. Even Swift was amazed by the amount of vigor she showed when greeting people, and she later wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for everything. All the cheering, screaming, jumping, dancing, singing at the top of your lungs.”
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Swift will wind up the U.S. leg of the Eras Tour with two performances at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., followed by six concerts at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., after the Seattle gigs are over.
With assistance from Sabrina Carpenter and Paramore, she will then set off on months of foreign tour stops in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Fans at the other Eras Tour locations have a lot to live up to after Seattle, regardless of seismic activity. Swift reiterated onstage on Sunday night what she had previously written in her journal during the Reputation Tour in 2018: “Seattle, Washington is the best crowd I have ever played for.”