Barcelona fans literally made the earth move at the Nou Camp when Sergi Roberto’s dramatic late goal saw them claim a remarkable win over Paris St Germain on Wednesday.
Roberto scored five minutes into stoppage time to complete a 6-1 win on the night as Barca, who trailed 4-0 after the first leg, progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with one of football’s greatest-ever comebacks.
The roar and celebrations from Barcelona’s fans was recorded on the Richter scale – a measurement used to record earthquakes – at the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth Sciences (ICTJA-CSIC), which is 500 metres away from the stadium.
The second (Kurzawa – OG) and third goals (Messi) for Barca appeared on the seismometer with the amplitude slightly higher than normal, according to Diaz.
Naturally, the atmosphere cooled down after PSG scored, so the fourth and fifth goals by Neymar were barely celebrated.
But when the sixth, and eventual winner, hit the net it was the “the apotheosis”, according to Diaz.
The vibrations generated by the rhythmic movement of the crowd are transmitted as seismic waves.
Diaz measures these in football matches, but also in concerts at the Nou Camp.
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