More earthquake equipment will be in place for Saints-Seahawks game

AP

The last two times the Saints came marching in to Seattle, the earth moved.  Literally.

Thanks to Seahawks fans (if you hadn’t heard, they’re called the 12th Man), the ruckus caused during the last two games against the Saints simulated small earthquakes on local seismographic equipment.

For the third visit from Saints since January 2011, the seismographic equipment will be on again.  And there will be more of it.  In the stadium.

Via MyNorthwest.com, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has installed two seismometers at CenturyLink Field, one in the playing area and one in the stands.  Previously, the seismic activity had been detected with machines in the vicinity of the facility.

“We hope to learn a little bit more about how the seismic waves travel through the area, and in this case seismic waves generated by the 12th Man,” Bill Steele of the PNSN said.

Seismic activity can be tracked during the game at the PNSN’s website.  Or at any other time, really.

142 responses to “More earthquake equipment will be in place for Saints-Seahawks game

  1. 49er fans, organization and journalists complain about how loud CenturyLink is and then they build a stadium that’s designed to reflect sound back to the field and stands.

    You might be able to be as loud as us, but you’ll never have earthquake after earthquake.

    Hail the Seahawks! Hail the 12th man!

  2. So if the 12th man triggers a giant earthquake that breaks open the earth and sucks the stadium into the ground along with the Seahawks and Saints, who does the winner of the Niner – Panther game play?

  3. Never seen a fanbase more obsessed with noise and seismic waves and other things unrelated to the game.

  4. Jeez Louise this is just getting ridiculous now. We all know its the design of the stadium… I love how Seattle fans are just clinging onto anything they can.

  5. This is simply a result of Seattle hiring Mark Mangino as a consultant for this upcoming game.

  6. These earthquakes generated by Seahawks fans at the game have VERY little to do with the noise the fans makes. I’ve been to the stadium and it’s all about the live loads imposed on the stadium by the fans moving around (jumping and stomping and waving their arms furiously as Lynch broke tackle after tackle during his famous “Beast Quake” run.)

    The reverberation of the sound waves in the concrete and steel does play a small role in the earthquakes, but not as much as the average joe apparently believes.

  7. Does anybody else find it fishy that 65k+ fans can break noise records and start earthquakes without other factors at work?

  8. Im not a saints fan but I will be rooting for them. Im so sick of hearing about how loud the fans are. Maybe its because the stadium was designed that way… the fans are no louder then any others..

  9. i hope the people doing this worthless study do not receive any tax dollars for their services. ok back to football….

  10. The ground will shake so hard it will split open freeing Big Bertha the tunnel machine from the clutches of a steel pipe. The separation is in the preparation, and Seahawk fans are prepared for this game. G0 Hawks!

  11. You can argue all you want about specially designed stadium, piped in crowd noise..yada yada yada but those fans are as loud as it gets-period!

    Signed,

    A Rams fan

  12. It think its safe to say that any stadium that puts a seismometer ‘ in the stands’ will get quite a strong reading lol

  13. I ask this in all seriousness: Do the principal architect and structural engineer of CenturyLink Field break out in cold sweats every time Seahawks fans cause an earthquake there?

  14. The ground is going to shake from all the SEA fans jumping from their seats plummeting to field after the Saints win this game.

  15. Their are loud fans everywhere, it’s the stadium and it’s design that should get all the credit! Look at all of the Domes and how the noise bounces from side to side, well the same can be said about CenturyLink, without the roof..
    Don’t get me wrong, Seahawk fans are loud, but you put those same fans in another stadium and the out come would be different.

  16. Where were these Seahawk fans 10, 20 years ago? Sick of this “12th man” garbage. Can anybody on here remember a Seahawk fan back then? I’ve lived everywhere and I can’t.

  17. I don’t hate the Seahawks. I am a Saints fan. That said…the 12th man (something I once thought was pretty cool) has really turned out to be a bunch of nerds. Will the Guiness Book be there again too?

    Enjoy it because no one will be talking about the Seahawks this time next week…except maybe that they were regular season champs.

  18. I love the hate. Most pft commentators should think that the trash talk might be read by some players in the locker room. It’s bulletin board material. It’s the motivation. Please keep it coming. We thank you

  19. Need to try something different than 12th man. Still haven’t won crap. Seattle fans brag about having division champ flags in stadium. That days it all

  20. Really? Everyone knows that Seattle uses fake pumped in “crowd-noise”… SMH… Go to cities where the fans actually make the noise… See Kansas City, NOLA, Jerrah World, etc…

  21. Not that the NFL cares, but that kind of noise really is “unsportsmanlike conduct” and should be penalized.

    Maybe they will shake the stadium so much that it opens up a fissure in the earth that swallows it whole.

    Is there a more obnoxious fan base that hasn’t won anything than Seattle’s?

  22. I’d not piped in noise you fools. It’s an opera style acoustic designed stadium. Noise stays in.
    Besides, hawks fans are crazy loud. I’ve been to every stadium in the nfl,

  23. Whatever, everyone knows they recycle the crowd noise through the speaker system. Hawks fans can deny it all they want. It doesn’t change the fact that the entire league knows they do it.

  24. As a life-long 9er fan, I must say that I’m very envious of the home field advantage that the crowd at the clink creates. I wish that my 9ers had that type of advantage, but in luwe of that I’ll take the talent of the 9ers team.

    I think my mouth is on fire after saying something nice about the hawks…lol

    I love the fact that the West has gone from the basement to the penthouse of the league… that could not have happened without the hawks and cards stepping up with the 9ers. Here is to a great rivalry for years to come.

    I just hope that the PED epidemic goes away and stays away. No need to give other divisions any reason to grasp at straws.

  25. Just because I dislike selfish people like Carroll leaving USC to dodge sanctions, and acting like he won the lottery on the fail mary.

    Harvin choosing when to play… like he did in Minnesota (which ironically is the ONLY game he played this season).

    Sherman feeling the need to do his talking off the field instead letting his game do it for him.

    That makes me a “hater”
    ?If Sea. does well I will be very happy for Wilson he goes about things the right way in my opinion and is one great young players in the game.

  26. Everyone complaining on this thread should try to go to one Seahawks game and then decide for yourself. If you are a sports fan, its an amazing thing to experience. I grew up in Chicago and went to a lot of Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls games. The old Chicago Stadium was really loud, especially around the National Anthem. But there is no comparison between Century Link and places like Soldiers Field. The biggest difference is that Seahawks fans who go to the game actually think they are participating in the game by screaming. People yell all the time – from the start of the play clock through the play. The noise is constant except when the Seahawks are on offense. I have never seen a fan base that does it. The mindset is the biggest driver … fans in NY, Boston, Chicago are all really passionate … but they are there more to watch the game than impact it.

  27. I Think it was back in the 80’s when the ref’s would stop play until the crowd noise would calm down…I’m glad they got rid of that rule..

  28. For those of you who are complaining “enough already” or that the noise is piped-in, you really should attend a game in Seattle sometime. I was there for the Panthers-Hawks NFC Championship back in 2006 and the fans jumped, yelled, screamed, and generally went berserk for 4 solid hours. I’ve never experienced anything like it before or since and it really does make for an unbelievable home field advantage.

  29. That stadium was designed so that sound waves bounce off of the steel overhangs. Seahawks fans might be one of the loudest regardless of Stadium design but lets not get carried away here.

  30. There isn’t a fanbase in the NFL that doesn’t wish they had the same advantage at home. The only fanbase even comparable is Kansas City’s. All others are distant thirds and everyone knows it. The people complaining (and that’s like 95% of the people commenting here) are green with envy…… it shows in their remarks.

  31. Seattle fans you can hallow to the top of your head wear out your shoe sooner are later that earthquake are going tp stop. When the Saints and the WHODAT’S fans enter the stadium this time around, you guys want have to worry about earthquake until next season. It’s over for you guys it was fun while it lasted.

  32. The incessant “piped in noise” “PED” “Adderall” commenters, i think i have you pegged.

    18-30 years old

    If employed, you are hourly, not salary

    Not married/No Girlfriend

    Non Homeowner

    Hobbies include X box, counting how many beers they drank so they can tell people.

    Generally lacking of friends.

  33. Meh. The stadium was DESIGNED to enhance crowd noise.

    The only difference between “The 12th Flan” and any other football game is architecture.

  34. You know what, all you haters are right. We should stop calling ourselves the 12th man and stop being the best fans in the NfL. We should also give up and let the Saints have the win on Saturday. We’re overrated and we don’t belong. Sorry about trying to be Super Bowl champs and have a passionate fan base. We really apologize!! We’ll be real quiet tomorrow. Give me a break. If you don’t like it come in here and stop us. Seahawks haters are the biggest bunch of babies I’ve ever heard. “Your stadium is built for crowd noise” “You’ve never won anything” “You pipe in crowd noise” My 5 year old carries himself with more maturity than you losers.

  35. I don’t hate Seattle, in fact I don’t really care either way but the loudest doesn’t automatically equal best.

    I understand people downplaying this too. If Seattle is going to brag, there will be opposition. That’s life. They do pump in crowd noise. Stop caring so much about your status as loudest fans, you’re doing what the NFL wants you to do.

  36. Pretty entertaining. The wackos are out in full with “piped in noise” and the rest of their whining. And the “haven’t won anything” haters whose teams haven’t even glimpsed a SB this century – get over it and get a life.
    But I do realize that there are morons from every team – Hawks included – who love to post crap cause they feel like they’re somebody if it gets posted. Oh well…. that’s the internet…

  37. The designers and engineers of the stadium did a fantastic job of redirecting the sound onto the field area. The Seahawk fans are passionate, but are some of the most obnoxious “new money” fans besides Ravens/Redskins fans. That said, that Seattle stadium is LOUD. I’ve been on the field during a couple games and couldn’t even hear a guy yelling a few feet away.

    Go Saints (this week).

  38. shoobiedoobin says:
    Jan 10, 2014 4:28 PM
    I don’t hate Seattle, in fact I don’t really care either way but the loudest doesn’t automatically equal best.

    I understand people downplaying this too. If Seattle is going to brag, there will be opposition. That’s life. They do pump in crowd noise. Stop caring so much about your status as loudest fans, you’re doing what the NFL wants you to do.
    —————————————–
    Umm, no crowd noise is pumped in, do you have proof? I have proof the other way, the NFL has tested it at numerous games and have always said that there is no artificial noise being pumped in through the speakers. Its called Engineering. When does your shift at 7-11 start?

  39. kst2074 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 2:38 PM
    Im not a saints fan but I will be rooting for them. Im so sick of hearing about how loud the fans are. Maybe its because the stadium was designed that way… the fans are no louder then any others..

    True, but the Seattle fans are definitely the most obnoxious fans in the league. They have an advantage due to the building design and they credit themselves for the outcome.

    Ironically, I like the Hawks, but their fans are a giant step below Philly fans.

  40. seabrawk12 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 2:40 PM
    I think there are more bandwagon Hawk “Haters” than fans. Go Hawks.

    Nope. There are more Seahawk FAN haters. We don’t mind the team so much, but the fans set a record for being obnoxious.

  41. I wish I could post audio. I’d just pull a track of a crying baby to represent all the Hawks haters. I expect you’ll all be back here with your anonymous comments after the Seahawks beat the Saints on Saturday?

  42. musicman495 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 4:00 PM
    Seismologists in the pacific northwest really have nothing better to do than monitor football games?

    ————————————————

    If you read the article, they do mention the data will be used to understand how seismic waves travel through the area (which was hit particularly hard during the SODO quake due to the “soil” in the area). I imagine seismologist don’t get too many opportunities to collect test data of this nature, so pretty sure this is a good use of their time.

  43. if these bottom dwellers didn’t have so many arogant players i would like to see them win..a never before champinship team would be nice once in awhile..

  44. Let’s try again.

    Am I the only person who’s getting a little tired of hearing about how loud this stadium is?

    It was designed to be loud, so it’s loud. We get it. Some engineer will probably study the design, tweak it, and the next stadium to open up will be louder.

  45. seatownballers says:
    Jan 10, 2014 3:12 PM
    I love the hate. Most pft commentators should think that the trash talk might be read by some players in the locker room. It’s bulletin board material. It’s the motivation. Please keep it coming. We thank you

    No motivation for the team, at all.

    The “hate” is directed at the fans, not the team. The team is talented. The fans are a bunch of obnoxious tools.

  46. 5to46hawkfan says:
    Jan 10, 2014 3:26 PM
    GO HAWKS!!! From north Cali!!! I’m with you 12th man

    BOGUS!!!!!! NO person from California calls it “Cali” Busted.

  47. Whats with all the whining this year about NFL playoffs? It might snow—its to cold—its too loud Deal with it and just play football

  48. BOGUS!!!!!! NO person from California calls it “Cali” Busted.

    Uh yes they do, they even sell hats a t shirts, some even use a “K” instead of “C”.

    As in Kali.

    Many local rappers wear these shirts, and yes they are from California.

  49. @beastmode

    They have had 7 players busted since 2010 when it comes to PED suspensions.

    Sherman also won an appeal…

    I get to deal with one of my favorite baseball players being pegged for PEDs.

    Yes it stinks… but the facts are facts.

  50. “I love the hate. Most pft commentators should think that the trash talk might be read by some players in the locker room. It’s bulletin board material. It’s the motivation. Please keep it coming. We thank you”

    If the players need fan comments as “Bulletin Board Material” for a playoff game, they have no business suiting up.

  51. radar8 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 5:17 PM

    5to46hawkfan says:
    Jan 10, 2014 3:26 PM
    GO HAWKS!!! From north Cali!!! I’m with you 12th man

    BOGUS!!!!!! NO person from California calls it “Cali” Busted.
    ********
    I work with 3 people in Colorado who were born and raised & lived (23 yrs, 27, yrs and 32 yrs) in California.

    They call it Cali from time to time.

  52. bassnw says:
    Jan 10, 2014 4:38 PM
    Pretty entertaining. The wackos are out in full with “piped in noise” and the rest of their whining. And the “haven’t won anything” haters whose teams haven’t even glimpsed a SB this century

    Way to use hyperbole. “This Century”? Really? Someone should inform you that we’re only 13 years into this century. Seattle has been around a long time and has won zero superbowls.

    Maybe they’ll win one this year, and good for them. The “fans” brag when they have nothing to brag about. They brag about being loud, yet it is their stadium, not the fans that makes it so. Being a braggart is nothing to be proud of.

  53. just because the saints finally won a road playoff game against the 26th rank defense doesn’t mean anything. your finesse offense against the no 1 ranked defense in the wind and rain does not bode well for you.

  54. What is your favorite Seattle Championship-

    The Stanley Cup in 1916?
    The Seattle Supersonics in 1979?

    Or the Seattle Storm’s (women’s basketball) 2 championships or maybe even the Seattle Sounders 3 consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (for soccer)?

    It’s all in a pamphlet on Seattle Sports Championships.

  55. beastmode5150 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 4:15 PM
    The incessant “piped in noise” “PED” “Adderall” commenters, i think i have you pegged.
    …. and other things……
    ———————–
    so says someone under a pseudonym of “beastmode5150”.
    One a shade less lame than Legioofboom-insert random number here-

  56. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 10, 2014 5:25 PM
    @beastmode

    They have had 7 players busted since 2010 when it comes to PED suspensions.

    Sherman also won an appeal…

    I get to deal with one of my favorite baseball players being pegged for PEDs.

    Yes it stinks… but the facts are facts.
    *****************
    And the hawks have had exactly one player busted for PED use this season.
    Previous PED usage is similar to other teams talking about trophies that were won in the 80’s.
    It doesn’t effect anything this year.
    Pretty sure it is Denver and Washington that lead in PEDS over the last few years.
    Might have the teams wrong, but it ain’t the Hawks.

  57. thehighhat says:
    Jan 10, 2014 6:03 PM
    I guess when you’ve got no hardware in the trophy case you have to keep yourself entertained by noise records and faux earthquakes!
    *************
    funny, those with no recent trophies can only take about things from the past…
    They aren’t “fake” earthquakes.
    Noise records are a side story to the hawks tearing it up this year.
    I hope they keep it up.

  58. Seahawk haters never seem to let facts get in the way of their irrational hatred of the hawks.

    Those who say they hate the players probably can’t list more than 4 or 5 without looking up the team roster.

    Those who hate the fans will hate regardless.

  59. Here’s to the matchup that we all want
    Hawks-Niners

    NFC west rolls whomever the AFC throws at us.

    Good Luck

  60. Seattle fans are becoming some of the most annoying in the league. Sorry guys, but you’re not really “louder” than other fans of the other teams in the league, it’s all because of the design of the stadium.

  61. You know it’s kind of funny but if it weren’t for the national press all this seismic and world record noise stuff would just be a fun local thing.

    We Seahawk fans had little to do with the hype we just like the result.

  62. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 10, 2014 5:25 PM
    @beastmode

    They have had 7 players busted since 2010 when it comes to PED suspensions.

    Sherman also won an appeal…

    I get to deal with one of my favorite baseball players being pegged for PEDs.

    Yes it stinks… but the facts are facts.
    ———————————————
    Who’s on PED’s now? How have the guys that were on PED’s, or probably were (sherman) doing now that they are “off of them”? Sherman isnt taking anything and leads the league in Interceptions and has been thrown at the least of any corner in the NFL, look it up if you have any time left at the Internet Cafe.

  63. boisestatewhodat says:

    Jan 10, 2014 3:08 PM
    I don’t hate the Seahawks. I am a Saints fan. That said…the 12th man (something I once thought was pretty cool) has really turned out to be a bunch of nerds. Will the Guiness Book be there again too?

    Enjoy it because no one will be talking about the Seahawks this time next week…except maybe that they were regular season champs.

    ———————————————-

    boisestatewhodat, … and this assumption is based on ?? the saints oh so glorious record at the CLink? ahh… got it….

  64. For those who think the 12th man is a recent phonomenona for Seattle, the number 12 jersey was retired in 1986, not exactly yesterday. Seattles fans have a long history of support for the Hawks!

    GO HAWKS.

  65. djphilly1 says:
    Jan 10, 2014 6:27 PM

    Seattle fans are becoming some of the most annoying in the league. Sorry guys, but you’re not really “louder” than other fans of the other teams in the league, it’s all because of the design of the stadium.

    ____________________________

    Actually, they really are louder. It’s not even disputable.

  66. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network broke thier lips off on Seattle’s backsides.

    A google search of that phrase tomorrow will prove interesting.

  67. jgfromthenw wrote: “You might be able to be as loud as us, but you’ll never have earthquake after earthquake.”

    Slow down and read that again…Seattle fan is saying that SF has nothing on Seattle when it comes to earthquakes….Really? Read a history book.

    *Facepalm*

  68. It’s stuff like this which make everyone hate the CheatHawks and their clown fans. The 12th man is Texas A&M. Stop stealing.

  69. I don’t care about your stadium…I don’t care about your fans…I don’t care if noise is recycled through the speakers in the stadium or not…None of that matters come game day.

    “We owe ya.”

    -Niner Nation

  70. i get a good laugh when i see an adult pretending they’re part of the team and acting as if they’re affecting the outcome of the game

  71. I remember as a kid watching the Seahawk games back in the early 80’s. The fan base was so loud that NBC (who was telecasting the AFC games back then) brought in sound measuring equipment. It was that LOUD in 1983.

    The Seahawk fans and the Kingdome were so loud that the NFL created what us Seahawk fans called the Elway rule. It was treated as an unsportsmanlike penalty if the fans got to loud. That’s right teams could be penalized for their fans being to loud. I remeber Elway crying it just made the fans even louder.

    Seahawk fans have a right to be loud and proud of our team. This is a team that we have wanted for many years and now we have finally got it, we are going to let everyone know just how proud we are to be Seahawk Fans

  72. Judging from the comments the Seahawks do have the touchiest fans. You can’t have a relatively new fan base and an altered stadium and lay claim to being the loudest without not expect some opposition to your bold claim. Furthermore making speculations about complete strangers working hourly jobs and being losers does nothing for your team’s cause and won’t prevent the postseason ads whooping your going to receive Saturday. You are however the loudest criers in football but I wouldn’t expect anything less from the city that invented grunge, 6 dollar coffee and leads the nation in suicide rate. Crybabies.

  73. Have you seen the average size of the slobs in the stands at century link, no wonder they are creating small earthquakes.

  74. Is there any fanbase more in love with themselves than the Seahawks fans? I know that no other fanbase has people running around in jerseys that say FAN on the back. There are no instruments to measure how sad that is.

  75. Drew Brees will air the ball out and throw for 5 TDs, creating an earthquake that will force the “Legion of Boom” to hold on to WRs. Then comes Tsunami from the 12th man tears.

  76. Despise the Saints, still childishly bitter about ’09 NFC championship. But after reading a handful of the comments and realizing hawks fans may somehow be more obnoxious than packas fans… who dat?

  77. Much of SODO (South Downtown) is fill dirt and debris and seismic studies are done because fill, particularly tidal fill is subject to liquefaction during severe earthquakes, which are relatively frequent in the area. The stadium was designed smaller with predominant overhangs to shelter most of the crowd from the frequent rain but still provide an outdoor atmosphere, because the Kingdome was an unpopular venue and considered an architectural eyesore. Very possible acoustics were also a consideration, since Paul Allen hired the architect. The Seahawks settled a lawsuit and pay royalties for use of the 12th man, which is indeed copyrighted by Texas A&M University.

  78. Maybe they are filming Oceans14. This is all just a diversion. That is where they tunnel under Bill Gates’ house and steal the secrets to his success – the original code he stole from the Commodore 64 and Vic20.

  79. What happened to the days when the officials would throw a penalty flag when the home crowd noise got so obnoxious, the visiting team couldn’t hear the QBs signals? They need to bring it back again since it is not fair to other teams playing on the road. This is what happens when the NFL allows the crowd to dictate the tempo.

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