Earth moves for jubilant Leicester City fans

March 8, 2016
When Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa scored an 89th-minute winner in last month's win over Norwich City, fans' celebrations sparked a
When Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa scored an 89th-minute winner in last month's win over Norwich City, fans' celebrations sparked a mini-earthquake with a magnitude of 0.3 on the Richter scale

Leicester City's supporters celebrated a recent goal so jubilantly that a minor earthquake was detected in the city, a group of geology students said on Tuesday.

The group from the University of Leicester recently placed -monitoring at a school close to Leicester's King Power Stadium.

When Leonardo Ulloa scored an 89th-minute winner in last month's win over Norwich City, fans' celebrations sparked a mini-quake with a magnitude of 0.3 on the Richter scale.

"A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analysing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the stadium nearby," said first-year student Richard Hoyle.

"A closer look showed us there was a strong correlation between the exact time Leicester scored at home and the occurrence of the large seismic signals.

Geology students from the University of Leicester recently placed earthquake-monitoring equipment at a school close to Leicester
Geology students from the University of Leicester recently placed earthquake-monitoring equipment at a school close to Leicester's King Power Stadium

"We concluded that our equipment was actually measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release by the cheering Leicester fans celebrating at the moment a goal was scored."

Modest Leicester have charmed neutrals by surging to the top of the Premier League table and are currently five points clear with nine games of the season remaining.

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Thirteenth Doctor
not rated yet Mar 08, 2016
So happy for LCFC and their fans. I really hope they win the league as I am tired of looking at Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U and Man City be up top. As a Liverpool fan, they can be up top and much as possible (definitely not this season).

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