Earthquake sensors in place for Seahawks-Lions game

Seahawks and Lions meet for first time in postseason

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) knocks the ball loose from Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) knocks the ball loose from Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) – Scientists with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network are installing new sensors to measure the earth shaking during Saturday’s Seahawks football game against the Detroit Lions.

The Seahawks say seismologists will install the new equipment at CenturyLink Field Thursday to provide real-time monitoring of the ground vibrations. The equipment will help scientists test their instruments, telemetry and analysis.

Lions (9-6),Seahawks (10-5-1)
Saturday, 5:15 p.m. PT

Opening Line:
Seahawks by 7 1/2

Scientists first noticed the ground shaking around the Seahawks’ stadium during the 2011 “beast quake” that followed a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. That run sparked a fan reaction big enough that it created a seismic tremor recorded by a monitoring station near the stadium and drew the attention of earthquake trackers.

Seismologists began monitoring some NFC playoff games to experiment with an earthquake early warning system. The effort also allows scientists to train and practice in siting, installing, acquiring and analyzing data as quickly as possible following large earthquakes.


STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — First postseason meeting between teams. … Lions would face Cowboys with victory. … Seahawks would face Falcons with win. … Seahawks have won four of past five meetings. … Lions’ last playoff win came in 1992. Last road playoff win was 1957. … Lions in playoffs for second time in three seasons. … Lions have played one game outdoors since early October. … Detroit had NFL-record eight wins after trailing in fourth quarter or overtime. … QB Matthew Stafford finished with 4,327 yards passing in regular season, sixth straight season with 4,000 yards. His eight winning drives in fourth quarter and OT most by QB in single season since 1970.