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08th Mar 2016

Leicester’s winner against Norwich caused a literal earthquake, scientists say

Tom Victor

It turns out Leicester City’s season has been groundbreaking in more ways than one.

The Foxes’ run to the top of the Premier League has defied all logic, but now it has emerged the club’s exploits have literally led to earthquakes in the East Midlands.

Geology students were using seismology graphs at a school near the club’s King Power Stadium on the day Claudio Ranieri’s club welcomed Norwich City for a crunch Premier League game.

And when Leo Ulloa’s late goal secured victory over the Canaries, an earthquake measuring 0.3 on the Richter Scale was uncovered by the technology.

The spike caused by the Argentinian’s winner was “by far the biggest” recorded by the equipment, student Richard Hoyle is quoted as saying by the Leicester Mercury.

“The equipment measures earthquakes happening all over the world, but what we found when we looked at it were some anomalous spikes which correlated to goals being scored at Leicester City’s home games,” Hoyle said.

“We know the crowd are responsible for the seismic signals and that the spikes occur at around the same time a goal is scored and that the crowd reacts to those goals, but what exactly we’re recording is still to be determined.”

Hoyle had no comment on the phenomenon of Leicester’s season causing cracks in the very fabric of the Premier League.