Bobby Dodd Stadium exploded when Georgia Tech upset then-No. 9 Florida State on a blocked kick return touchdown on Saturday. Fans cheered so loud that it registered a seismometer in the basement of the Ford Environmental Science and Technology building, about a half-mile from the stadium.
Georgia Tech's seismometer is used as a educational tool for students to see and study earthquakes, according Dr. Andrew Newman, a professor at Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmosphere Sciences. The machine runs continously throughout the day, and while it can't pick up specific events like the snapping of the football, it did register the activity of the crowd. While the levels wouldn't be comparable to a small earthquake, the combination of the block field goal return for a touchdown and subsequent storming of the field were enough to make a sizeable spike on the seismometer.