The Foo Fighters Rock, Geologically Speaking

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters

Now there is scientific proof that the Foo Fighters are one of the hardest-rocking acts around.

During a Dec. 13 concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Dave Grohl and his band literally shook the earth. Two seismic stations, located 1.5 and two kilometers from the stadium, recorded geological tremors when the Foo Fighters and their opening act, Tenacious D, kicked out the jams. The tremors were consistent with that of volcanic activity, according to New Zealand’s GeoNet blog.

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The seismic stations recorded a strong low frequency of tremors which kicked off just as the Foos’ show began. The tremors then correlated specifically with the highs and lows of the performance. “The first vibrations were recorded around 7:30pm, part way through the Tenacious D set, but the biggest shakes started at 8:20 p.m. when the Foo Fighters took the stage, and then it all went quiet at 11 p.m. when the gig ended,” GeoNet reports. “The concert vibrations were recorded as a semi continuous harmonic signal with a peak osculation of 3Hz, i.e. the ground was shaking 3 times per second in a nice rhythmic motion. There are lulls in the signal between the songs and peaks in signal intensity during the songs.”

It seems safe to assume that some of the seismic activity can be attributed to the 50,000 fans in attendance who were undoubtedly jumping and fist-pumping along. While Kanye West may have more Grammy nominations this year, fans of the Foo Fighters know who really makes the earth move. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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