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  • Seattle fans go Beast quake again

  • SEATTLE — Seahawks fans again literally shook the earth after a clinching Marshawn Lynch touchdown run Saturday, and it looks like the impact was even greater than the epic Beast Quake run in January 2011.
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  • SEATTLE — Seahawks fans again literally shook the earth after a clinching Marshawn Lynch touchdown run Saturday, and it looks like the impact was even greater than the epic Beast Quake run in January 2011.
    Three years ago, fans jumped, stomped and screamed, generating energy roughly equivalent to a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.
    "This signal looks bigger than the one three years ago," said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, "but we don't know yet."
    Seismologists will need a few days to be sure, he said.
    Three years ago, the amount of energy that fans generated after a Lynch 67-yard touchdown against New Orlean was registered on a seismometer about a block from CenturyLink Field. It became known as the Beast Quake.
    The ground shook at about the same level Dec. 2, 2012, when Michael Bennett grabbed a fumble and ran 22 yards for a touchdown - also during a game with the Saints.
    Earlier this week, University of Washington seismologists installed two new sensors at CenturyLink Field, partly for fun, but partly for training.
    "It's a good test for the network to make sure we can do a good job in an earthquake," Vidale said.
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