Belgian sporting earthquake measurements project

Scientists in Belgium are methodically measuring the effects of soccer games on the oscillation of the earth. Lieven Scheire alerted us, saying “our seismic institute is measuring small earthquakes every time our national soccer team scores at the european championships.

The image you (probably) see below documents seismic activity from a recent match between Hungary and Belgium. (Belgium won the match, 4-0). The institute explains:

“4-0 ! This picture shows the seismic record of the Uccle Surface station. The first goal is not clearly visible, but the three next triggered a big energy release! Goal-quakes! Belgian Red Devils.”


UPDATE (July 1, 2016): Here’s video of a seismic recording of a Wales-Belgium match: