Leicester City fans caused mini earthquake celebrating goal

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Leicester City fans have stuck with their club through thick and thin over the years and are reaping the benefits this campaign.

The Foxes were tipped to suffer relegation before a ball was kicked this season after only just surviving the drop last term - but Claudio Ranieri’s side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine matches left to play.

Fans at the King Power Stadium create a wonderful atmosphere at every home match, but did you know that they actually caused a mini-earthquake last month?


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Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th-minute winner against Norwich City on February 27 sent the Leicester supporters into pandemonium.

And, according to The Sun, local scientists were “shocked” when they recorded a reading of 0.3 on the Richter scale moments after the Argentine striker’s winner.

“A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analysing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the LCFC stadium nearby,” student Richard Hoyle was quoted as saying.

“We concluded 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.

“Our biggest signal detected so far came on 27 February when Leicester scored the only goal in the match in the 89th minute and this registered a magnitude 0.3 — clearly the fans were very tense!”

Video: Ulloa's goal v Norwich City

Equivalent to 'hand grenade exploding'

The report adds that 0.3 on the Richter scale is the equivalent to a large hand grenade exploding - take a bow, Leicester fans!

However, the magnitude of the rumble caused by the Foxes’ supporters was 1.5 billion times weaker than the largest earthquake in history - the 9.5 quake that hit Chile back in 1960.

One suspects, though, that Leicester fans will create an even bigger rumble if their team goes on to lift the Premier League trophy in May.

And Hoyle has backed Jamie Vardy to make the earth shake again over the coming weeks.

“Besides naturally occurring earthquakes, we are now curious to discover which Leicester City footballer will generate the biggest seismic signal,” the young scientist added. “Our money is on Vardy.”

Leicester's run to the finish line

Leicester can move a step closer to achieving the seemingly impossible by beating struggling Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium next Monday night.

Ranieri’s men the face a tough trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace before matches against Southampton (H), Sunderland (A), West Ham (H), Swansea City (H), Manchester United (A), Everton (H) and Chelsea (A).

If they’re going to win the title, they’ll need to do it the hard way.

Will Leicester City be crowned Premier League champions this season - or will they blow it? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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