A story has emerged that claims that Leicester City fans caused a mini-earthquake while celebrating Leonardo Ulloa’s late winner against Norwich City.
On February 27, the Argentine striker scored an 89th-minute winner in the 1-0 win over Norwich City at King Power Stadium.
A group of seismology students from the University of Leicester has claimed that the fans’ reaction to the goal caused a mini earthquake which registered 0.3 on the Richter scale. The activity was recorded by an earthquake-detecting equipment, which was placed at a primary school near Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
The phenomenon reoccurred when Danny Drinkwater equalized in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last week. However, this time, the strength of the earthquake was just 0.1 on Richter Scale.
Sky Sports quotes the First-year student Richard Hoyle: “A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analysing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the stadium nearby.
“A closer look showed us there was a strong correlation between the exact time Leicester scored at home and the occurrence of the large seismic signals.
“We concluded that our equipment was actually measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release caused when Leicester fans celebrated at the moment a goal was scored.”
This phenomenon has been dubbed as VardyQuake by the University students, and they now have a dedicated Twitter page for it.
— VardyQuake (@VardyQuake) February 28, 2016
Hoyle claims that students’ money is on Jamie Vardy to cause the biggest earthquake of this Premier League season.
Hoyle said: “Besides naturally occurring earthquakes, we are now curious to discover which Leicester City footballer will generate the biggest seismic signal. Our money is on Vardy.”
Imagine the reaction if the Foxes end up winning the league title this season.