• Taylor Swift shook up Scotland...
  • ...no, literally
  • Seismic activity was detected because of her

With an electrifying display of star power and fan devotion, Taylor Swift's recent Edinburgh concert has not just captured hearts but also caused literal seismic activity, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The phenomenon, detected during Swift's three-night stint at Murrayfield Stadium, has set the internet ablaze with talks of the "Swiftquake" felt around the Scottish capital.

Shake It Off: The Swiftquake Phenomenon

As the 32-year-old pop sensation dazzled fans with hits from her Eras Tour, geological instruments picked up unusual earthquake readings almost four miles from the venue. The BGS website highlighted that tracks like "…Ready For It?", "Cruel Summer", and "Champagne Problems" were the seismic chart-toppers, with Friday night's crowd delivering the most energetic performance.

There were almost 73,000 fans present on the first night, according to Scottish Rugby, which owns the stadium. That meant it was the biggest stadium concert in Scottish history, as Swift eclipsed the popularity of Harry Styles’ performance to 65,000 fans last summer. Each subsequent night then broke the record for the previous night, according to Scottish Rugby

Despite the ground-shaking excitement, the BGS reassured that the vibrations were too gentle for anyone outside the immediate vicinity to notice. Yet, the data is a testament to the sheer energy of Swift's fans, peaking at an astonishing 160 bpm and transmitting about 80 kW of power – that's electric!

The statement from the BGS said: "Each of the three evenings followed a similar seismographic pattern, with ‘…Ready For It?’ ‘Cruel Summer’ and ‘Champagne Problems’ resulting in the most significant seismic activity each night."

The most "enthusiastic dancing" was on the evening of Friday, June 7, according to analysis of the seismograph data, "although crowds on each night generated their own significant readings," the BGS said.

It continued: "Whilst the events were detected by sensitive scientific instruments designed to identify even the most minute seismic activity many kilometres away, the vibrations generated by the concert were unlikely to have been felt by anyone other that those in the immediate vicinity."

According to the BGS 80 kW of power is equivalent to around 10-16 car batteries, the organization said. 

Not only did Swift's fans make geological history, but they also smashed attendance records, with nearly 73,000 Swifties turning up on the first night, making it the biggest stadium concert in Scottish history. Swift's magnetic pull proved stronger than Harry Styles' previous record, with each night's attendance surpassing the last.

Callum Harrison, a BGS seismologist, said on the organization’s website: "BGS is the national body responsible for recording earthquakes to inform the Government, public, industry and regulators, and allow for a greater understanding of earthquake risk and plan for future events."

"It’s amazing that we’ve been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concert goers remotely through our data. The opportunity to explore a seismic activity created by a different kind of phenomenon has been a thrill."

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Swift's Eras Tour is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing tour of all time, spanning 22 countries across 152 dates.

Callum Harrison, a BGS seismologist, expressed excitement over capturing the seismic activity generated by such a unique event, calling it a thrilling opportunity to explore a different kind of phenomenon.