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League leaders Leicester City are keeping up the pace, and then some. Their 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 earthquake-monitoring equipment 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 analyzing 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.
“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.