Foo Fighters gig in New Zealand kicks off ‘volcanic’ scale tremors

The quakes were caused by 50,000 moshing fans

A Foo Fighters gig in Western Springs, New Zealand caused vibrations that were similar to volcanic tremors.

According to Rolling Stone, the band’s show on Tuesday (December 13) led to geological vibrations thanks to the dancing of the 50,000 fans in attendance.

The vibrations were picked up by two seismic stations. Scientists from Auckland GeoNet, revealed that the first quake came during support band Tenacious D‘s set, but the biggest shake came when the Foo Fighters first took to the stage. They wrote: “The cause of the shaking is most likely the weight of the 50,000 fans dancing, as 50,000 fans is equal to around 5,000 tonnes of mass moving (or moshing) on the ground for the duration of the concert. This set up a nice harmonic vibration in the ground which was recorded in our nearby borehole seismometers.”

Foo Fighters recently confirmed they are planning to head into the studio to record a new album in 2012. The band released their latest studio effort ‘Wasting Light’ in April of this year and frontman Dave Grohl revealed on the band’s official blog that he has already started compiling ideas for new songs.

He wrote: “We’re not finished yet. There are still more shows to play, more songs to write, more albums to record, for years to come. I mean if you would have told me 17 years ago that in 2012 I would be writing songs for our eighth studio album…well.”

Foo Fighters were recently nominated for six gongs including Album Of The Year for ‘Wasting Light’ at next year’s 54th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012.