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An earthquake at a Taylor Swift concert

By: Jessica Sun

Taylor Swift is a famous singer. When she was performing her song” Shake it Off,” her fans were going wild.

The concert was last week, July 22, in Seattle. The people shook th theground so hard, it was as big as a 2.3 on the Richter scale. “It’s certainly the biggest concert we’ve had in a while,” said Mouse Reusch, a seismologist at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. “We’re talking about 70,000 people and all the music and paraphernalia associated with the concert.”

The so-called “Swift Quake” recorded a maximum ground acceleration of roughly 0.011 meters per second squared, said Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist at Western Washington University.

Seismologists use a special tool to record ground vibrations, which are then converted to the more conventional Richter scale.

People call the incident “Swift Shake.” It was not immediately clear which Taylor Swift songs caused the peaks. Besides “Shake It Off,” the set list included “Love Story,” “Bad Blood,” and “Anti-Hero,” all songs guaranteed to get Swifties on their feet.

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