Leicester causing earthquakes with unlikely title challenge

Leicester are not only disrupting the tectonic plates of world football this season, they are also causing real-life earthquakes.

No, we aren't joking!

The celebrations of Foxes supporters has been picked up by equipment used to detect earthquakes.

A group of students from the University of Leicester placed the contraption at a school near the King Power Stadium ahead of the Premier League leaders clash with Norwich on Feb. 27.

When Leonardo Ulloa grabbed the winning goal in the 89th minute, the force of Leicester fans jumping up and down measured a magnitude of 0.3 on the Richter scale.

Both goals in their 2-2 draw with West Brom on March 1 were clocked at 0.1 as they held on to the Premier League summit.

Richard Hoyle, a first-year student from the University of Leicester, said: "A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analysing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the stadium nearby.

"A closer look showed us there was a strong correlation between the exact time Leicester scored at home and the occurrence of the large seismic signals.

"We concluded that our equipment was actually measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release by the cheering Leicester fans celebrating at the moment a goal was scored."

A dedicated twitter account has been set up by the students called @VardyQuake, named after top scorer Jamie Vardy, who has netted an impressive 19 goals already this campaign.

Mr Hoyle said: "Besides naturally occurring earthquakes, we are now curious to discover which Leicester City footballer will generate the biggest seismic signal. Our money is on Vardy."