A Swiftie earthquake: reports that Taylor fans caused seismic activity during shows in Scotland

Taylor Swift fans cause tremors during Eras Tour in Edinburgh (Gareth Cattermole/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

Taylor Swift’s Edinburgh concerts caused a stir unusual seismic event, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The fans who came to witness the superstar during his tour Eras Tour generated vibrations so intense that were captured by seismographic instruments almost 6 kilometers away from the Murrayfield Stadium.

The BGS announced that its monitoring stations located around the Scottish capital recorded seismic activity during Taylor’s three concertsheld on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the previous week.

A similar event occurred in Seattle, where seismic activity of magnitude 2.3 was recorded (Gareth Cattermole/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

The organization noted: “Each of the three evenings followed a similar seismographic pattern, being ‘…Ready For It?’ ‘Cruel Summer’ and ‘Champagne Problems’ those that resulted in the most significant seismic activity each night.”

According to the analysis, the most “enthusiastic” dance occurred on Friday, June 7, when the vibrations caused by the crowd reached a peak of 160 beats per minute (bpm) during the performance of “…Ready For It?”.

The power transmitted by the public that night was approximately 80 kW,”equivalent to the power of 10 to 16 car batteries”, indicated the organization.

According to experts, this unusual event demonstrates the ability to remotely measure the reaction of thousands of attendees through seismic data (Gareth Cattermole/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

The seismic activity recorded on Friday night showed a maximum ground motion amplitude of 23.4 nanometers (nm), slightly higher than the 22.8 nm and 23.3 nm recorded on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Callum Harrisona BGS seismologist, expressed amazement at the ability to remotely measure the reaction of thousands of concertgoers through seismic data, describing it as “a pleasure” to explore the seismic activity generated by an unconventional phenomenon.

The energy transmitted by Swiftie fans during Friday’s concert in Edinburgh was equivalent to the power of between 10 and 16 car batteries (Gareth Cattermole/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

With almost 73 thousand fans in attendance on the first night, the concert set a new record as the largest stadium spectacle in Scottish historysurpassing the presentation of Harry Styles before 65 thousand people the previous summer. Each subsequent night broke the previous night’s record, according to Scottish Rugbythe entity that owns the Murrayfield Stadium.

It is predicted that Eras Tour, in which Swift will perform in 22 countries for 152 dates, will become the highest-grossing tour of all time. In the UK alone it is estimated to boost the country’s economy by £997 million ($1.2 billion), with almost 1.2 million fans attending the 17 scheduled dates.

The “Eras Tour” is expected to become the highest-grossing tour of all time (Gareth Cattermole/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

According to Peter Brooksa behavioral scientist mentioned in a report “Swiftonomics” from the British bank BarclaysSwift’s impact on her fans is comparable to the craziness associated with musical icons like Elvis and the Beatles. Brooks stated, “Whoever coined the phrase ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ was clearly not a Swiftie.”

He added: “There is growing evidence that spending on experiences increases happiness and well-being more than purchasing physical items, especially if that experience is shared with friends and loved ones.”

It is not the first time that Swift’s concerts have caused a seismic phenomenon. During the first two nights of his stops Eras Tour In Seattle, fans also generated seismic activity equivalent to a magnitude 2.3 earthquake, nicknamed the “Swift Quake” (Swiftie Earthquake).

Despite generating seismic phenomena, the superstar’s “Eras Tour” will come to an end in December, after celebrating his 100th show in Liverpool (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

At his 100th concert, Taylor Swift confirmed that this tour will definitively end in December. This ends fans’ hopes of a possible extension or return to sold-out venues.

In Liverpool, the Grammy winner said: “Celebrating the 100th show means admitting that This tour will end in December”. Although she feels like she just started, she is satisfied that her fans enjoyed it so much that they wanted “100, 150 shows.”

 
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