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Seahawks Fans Cause Minor Earthquake During Victory Over Saints (VIDEO)

Dec 03, 2013 | Updated Dec 03, 2013

It may not have been an earth-shattering victory in the literal sense, but the Seattle Seahawks' 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints Monday night did shake up the earth a bit.

Rowdy fans at CenturyLink Field cheered and jostled enough during the game to register at an earthquake monitoring station about a block from the stadium.

John Vidale, the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and a professor at the University of Washington, told CNN the station registered five earthshaking moments during the game, some in the 1 to 2-magnitude range.

Seattle's KIRO-TV reports the largest seismic event occurred when Michael Bennett returned a ball fumbled by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Unsurprisingly, Seahawks fans also set a record Monday night for being the loudest outdoor sports stadium. Crowd noise reached 137.6 decibels in the second quarter of the game, breaking the previous record of 137.5 decibels, set by Kansas City Chiefs fans in October.

Earth-rattling fans in Seattle have registered on the Richter scale once before, in 2011. Coincidentally, that was also during a Saints game.

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