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Originally published January 12, 2015 at 7:36 PM | Page modified January 12, 2015 at 8:28 PM

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Kam Quake: Reaction to Kam Chancellor’s interception return shakes things up

Kam Chancellor’s 90-yard interception return doesn’t match the famous Beast Quake of 2011 in seismic activity


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Kam Chancellor’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter registered the largest seismic activity of the Seahawks’ playoff game against the Panthers on Saturday, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN).

The PNSN said on its website that Chancellor’s interception didn’t register as big of a signal as Marshawn Lynch’s famous Beast Quake run against the Saints in the playoffs in 2011. The PNSN said the Beast Quake run is still the largest seismic activity ever recorded at CenturyLink Field both in terms of duration and maximum amplitude.

Steve Malone, a professor emeritus at the University of Washington Seismologic Laboratory, wrote on the PNSN’s website that the staffers simultaneously watching the game and seismic signals Saturday could tell when big plays were about to happen just from the seismic reaction.

“Since the TV has a built-in delay of at least 10 seconds,” Malone wrote, “we could see the crowd reaction to a big play on the QuickShake seismic display before we even saw the play start on TV.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson’s 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Luke Willson in the fourth quarter to give the Seahawks a 24-10 lead also registered a large signal, the PNSN said.

Jayson Jenks: 206-464-8277 or jjenks@seattletimes.com



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