World of Sport

Celebrating fans cause earthquake during NFL clash

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrated so wildly that their jumping registered as a minor earthquake.

Early in their Monday night NFL clash, Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett recovered a fumble by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the first quarter and ran it back for a touchdown.

The subsequent vibrations were picked up by a seismometer used by the Northwest Seismic Network, which monitors earth activity in Washington and Oregon, the Seattle Times reported.

The earthquake measured between a magnitude 1 and 2, too small to be traced by the U.S. Geological Survey, the report said.

The touchdown set the stage for a 34-7 Seahawks win.

The seismometer is part of a network that is headquartered at the University of Washington's Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

The rivalry between the Seahawks and the Saints has caused tremors in the past.

The seismometer recorded Marshawn Lynch's "Beast Quake" on January 8, 2011, when he scored a 67-yard touchdown run that clinched a 41-36 playoff victory over the Saints, the report said.

REUTERS