Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Caused Earthquakes in Scotland

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Swifties sure can shake, shake, shake.

During the Edinburgh, Scotland, stop of Taylor Swift‘s incredible, history-making Eras Tour, Swifties shook Murrayfield Stadium for each of the three nights she performed on June 7, 8, and 9. Of course, this is not the first time Swift brought crowds to seismic booms. During the U.S. leg of the tour, Swifties caused quakes in Seattle at Lumen Field during her July 22 and 23 dates and in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium during her August 5 show, the 3rd night of her six-night stop.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded induced seismic events at two of the organization’s monitoring stations, with the further station located up to 6km away. Comparing the three nights, there is a similar seismographic pattern, meaning crowds were dancing to the same songs on the set list each night, “The activity was mainly generated by fans dancing in time to the music and reached its peak at 160 beats per minute (bpm) during ‘…Ready For It?’, where the crowd was transmitting approximately 80 kW of power (equivalent to around 10 to 16 car batteries).”

Revealing the songs that produced the most activity, the BGS tweeted out which songs stirred the audiences the most, “…Ready For It”, “Cruel Summer”, “champagne problems”, “Shake It Off”, “But Daddy I Love Him” and “Getaway Car.” The list was added to a repost of a graphic the BGS posted after the Friday, June 7th show. The BGS also distinguishes which show caused the biggest quake, “Based on the maximum amplitude of motion (the distance the ground moves), the Friday night event was the most energetic by a small margin, recording 23.4 nanometres (nm) of movement, versus 22.8 nm and 23.3 nm on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.”

Callum Harrison, a BGS Seismologist commented, “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concert goers remotely through our data. The opportunity to explore a seismic activity created by a different kind of phenomenon has been a thrill. Clearly Scotland’s reputation for providing some of the most enthusiastic audiences remains well intact!”

At her Thursday, June 6th show in Liverpool, England – which also served as her 100th show – Swift announced the end of the Eras Tour would be in December. “That blows my mind. That doesn’t feel like a real statistic to me because this has definitely been the most exhausting, all-encompassing, but most joyful, most rewarding, most wonderful thing that has ever happened in my life this forth. These moments with you. The celebration of the 100th show for me means this is the very first time I’ve ever acknowledged to myself and admitted that this tour is going to end in December.”


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