They did it!!!
Sep 10, 2001 02:53 PM
UK Children Cause Earthquake in Giant Jump
Around one million British school children succeeded in causing an earthquake
on Friday, jumping up and down simultaneously in the world's largest
Thousands of schools around Britain were asked to send children out into the
playgrounds at 11 a.m. (6:00 a.m. EDT) to jump up and down for a minute in
the hope of creating a measurable quake.
Organizers of the Giant Jump event, held to mark the launch of the
government's Science Year, said it had been a success.
"We're almost sure we had a million people out there jumping for us. We got
some kind of result at every single seismometer around the country," Nigel
Pain, director of Science Year, told Reuters.
"We generated something like a hundredth of a serious earthquake -- that's
not an enormous amount of energy but it's significant."
The exact number of people taking part would have to be verified, but he said
it was an unofficial world record.
Early estimates suggested 75,000 tons of energy had been released during the
minute of jumping.
"Because it's dissipated across the whole country it didn't do very much
damage. But drop that in one spot and it would have caused quite a big hole
in the ground," he added.
Over the next two weeks the results from around the country will be analyzed
to see if the event registered on the Richter scale.
Scientists said a million children with an average weight of 110 pounds
jumping 20 times in a minute would release two billion joules of energy and
trigger the equivalent of an earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale.
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