January 12, 2014 in Sports

Seahawks fans make earth tremble

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Seahawks fans again literally shook the earth after a clinching Marshawn Lynch touchdown run Saturday, and it looks like the impact was even greater than the epic Beast Quake run in January 2011.

Three years ago, fans jumped, stomped and screamed, generating energy roughly equivalent to a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.

Seismologists will need a few days to be sure.

Three years ago, the amount of energy that fans generated after Lynch’s 67-yard touchdown against New Orleans was registered on a seismometer about a block from CenturyLink Field. It became known as the Beast Quake.

The ground shook at about the same level Dec. 2, 2013, when Michael Bennett grabbed a fumble and ran 22 yards for a touchdown, also during a game with the Saints.

Power outage affects thousands

High winds knocked out power Saturday to tens of thousands of electricity customers in Western Washington, and crews worked to get them back on line for residents hoping to watch the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 500 outages affecting nearly 40,000 customers Saturday morning, and said its crews were “in Beast Mode” working to restore it – a reference to the bruising style of running back Marshawn Lynch.

CenturyLink Field, was not affected by the outages. But some 33,000 customers in the area were without power at game time, many of them on the Kitsap Peninsula.

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