Swifties danced so hard it triggered earthquake readings three nights in a row

Approximately 200,000 people watched Swift perform over three days.

When Taylor Swift played three sold-out concerts in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this month, it created enough of a commotion to be scientifically recognized as 'ground shaking,' generating earthquake readings up to 6 km from the venue, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

BGS monitoring stations recorded seismic activity three nights in a row, with the songs '…Ready For It?', 'Cruel Summer,' and 'Champagne Problems' creating the biggest spikes. According to the data, the Friday night crowd was the most energetic.

During the song '…Ready For It?', fans transmitted approximately 80 kW of power, equivalent to around 10 to 16 car batteries, although it's unlikely anyone outside of the stadium felt the vibrations.

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Seismograph showing ground velocity recorded 4km from the stadium and (bottom) spectrograph showing the power at each frequency (in BPM) during the concert on 7 June 2024. (BGS/UKRI))

"It's amazing that we've been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concert goers remotely through our data," Callum Harrison, a BGS Seismologist, said in a statement.

"The opportunity to explore a seismic activity created by a different kind of phenomenon has been a thrill."

This isn't the first time Taylor Swift fans have shaken the ground. A similar phenomenon occurred in Seattle in July 2023 and again in Los Angeles in August 2023.

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Over her three-day run in Edinburgh, approximately 200,000 people gathered to watch Swift perform.

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