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Taylor Swift Concert Triggers Seismic Activity in Scotland: Fans’ Dancing Causes Detectable Earthquake

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At Taylor Swift’s recent concert in Edinburgh, fans literally shook the ground, as reported by the British Geological Survey (BGS). The seismic activity was detected nearly four miles from Murrayfield Stadium, where Swift performed for three nights as part of her Eras Tour. Significant seismic signals were recorded during the songs ‘…Ready For It?’, ‘Cruel Summer’, and ‘Champagne Problems’ on all three evenings, with the most robust activity occurring on Friday, June 7.

Seismographs around the city captured the vibrations, peaking at 160 beats per minute during ‘…Ready For It?’, equating to about 80 kW of power—similar to the output of 10-16 car batteries. The Friday concert produced the highest ground movement at 23.4 nanometers, slightly more than the subsequent nights.

These vibrations, detected by highly sensitive instruments capable of picking up minute seismic activities from many kilometers away, were likely imperceptible beyond the immediate concert area. The BGS noted that while the vibrations were scientifically significant, they probably went unnoticed by anyone not at the concert.

The first night’s attendance set a record for the largest stadium concert in Scottish history, with nearly 73,000 fans, surpassing Harry Styles’ previous record of 65,000 fans. Swift’s Eras Tour is anticipated to be the highest-grossing tour of all time, covering 22 countries over 152 dates.

The financial impact on both the city and the country is expected to be substantial, with Swift’s Eras Tour projected to add an estimated £1 billion ($1.27 billion) to the British economy, according to research from U.K. bank Barclays.

Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium saw record-breaking attendance over the concert weekend as the American megastar serenaded glitter-clad fans for roughly 3½ hours each night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Apart from earthquake, the concert gave Scotland a $98 million economic boost.

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