Published On: Fri, Mar 10th, 2017

Fans trigger mini quake after epic Barcelona win over PSG

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Barcelona’s remarkable turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, which was sealed by a stoppage-time Sergi Roberto goal, provoked a micro-earthquake in the Catalan city.

Roberto latched on to a Neymar cross to score the sixth goal in Barca’s thrilling 6-1 win, making them the first team in the history of the competition to overturn a four-goal deficit from the first leg.

It was the third goal in the final seven minutes of the match and led to pandemonium at Camp Nou, with coaching staff and supporters streaming on to the pitch and Luis Enrique injuring himself in the melee.

The seismometer, installed at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, about 500 meters from the football stadium, recorded the “the biggest vibration of this type registered until now” by the device, which has been there for five years ago.
when the sixth, and eventual winner, hit the net it was the “the apotheosis”, according to Seismologist Jordi Diaz.

The vibrations generated by the rhythmic movement of the crowd are transmitted as seismic waves. Diaz  measures these waves not only in football matches, but also in concerts at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona’s second and third goals had already nudged the centre’s recordings, but it was the match-winning goal from Roberto which led to a recording of 1.0 on the Richter scale, officially making it a micro-earthquake.

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