Seattle, Washington, recently experienced seismic activity comparable to a small earthquake, and the surprising cause behind it was none other than Taylor Swift fans, known as “Swifties.”
According to CBC, the concert they attended triggered seismic activity equivalent to a 2.3-magnitude earthquake. This peculiar event, the “Swift Quake,” drew comparisons to the infamous 2011 “Beast Quake,” sparked by Seattle Seahawks fans’ exuberant celebration during a football game.
The unexpected discovery of the “Swift Quake” was made by seismologist Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a geology professor at Western Washington University. She stumbled upon this seismic phenomenon while browsing through a Facebook group that she manages, focusing on earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Upon analyzing the data from both nights of Taylor Swift’s concert, Caplan-Auerbach noticed striking similarities between the seismic signals recorded during the event and those detected during the “Beast Quake.”
Excited about her findings, Caplan-Auerbach explained, “I grabbed the data from both nights of the concert and quickly noticed they were the same pattern of signals. If I overlay them on top, they’re nearly identical.” This curious connection between the excitement of Swifties and the impact on the local seismometer is a testament to the passionate energy and collective enthusiasm of Taylor Swift’s devoted fanbase.
In other news, Taylor Swift has been enjoying a remarkable streak of success in her music career. On July 17, Billboard announced that with “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” Swift had achieved more number-one albums than any other female artist in history. This latest album marked her 12th number-one album, surpassing the record previously held by Barbra Streisand.
While some male performers like Jay-Z and the Beatles have secured over a dozen number-one albums, Swift’s achievement is a significant milestone in the music industry. Billboard acknowledged that the rankings have evolved, incorporating anthologies, but Taylor Swift’s accomplishment remains unparalleled among female artists.
Beyond the number one albums, Taylor Swift has also managed a rare feat that few living artists can claim. With her albums “Midnights,” “Lover,” and “Folklore,” she has accomplished the remarkable achievement of having four albums in the top 10 simultaneously. Any other living artist has not achieved this extraordinary feat in nearly 60 years.
Swift’s dominance is not stopping there as she becomes the first living artist to have a staggering 11 albums concurrently in the top 200. The popularity of her music knows no bounds, and her “Eras” tour is a testament to her immense fan following and the enthusiasm with which she is celebrated.