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Seattle fans cause earthquake on game-winning touchdown run

SEATTLE, WA – Seismologists indicated that CenturyLink Field was so loud on Saturday that fans shook the ground under the stadium, causing a fan-generated earthquake after Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch scored the game-clinching touchdown with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints.

Marshawn Lynch celebrates after an earthquake-causing touchdown run.
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Early indications are that Saturday’s fan-generated earthquake is even larger than the readings recorded from Lynch’s famed “beast quake” touchdown run from three years ago, which also came in a playoff game against the Saints. During that run, fans had generated the equivalent of a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.

“This signal looks bigger than the one three years ago,” John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, told the Seattle Times. “But we don’t know yet.”

Fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, known as the “12th man,” have a reputation for being some of the loudest in all of professional sports. Earlier in the 2013 regular season, they secured a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the loudest recorded crowd noise at an outdoor sporting event with a reading of 137.6 decibels.

Seahawks fans will have another opportunity to cause a mini-earthquake when they take on the winner of Sunday's match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers.

Dan is an NFL Correspondent for Examiner.com. Follow him on Twitter at @danpfeiffer74.