In March 2015, in conjunction with Avaya Stadium's opening, the San Jose Earthquakes and the U.S Geological Survey announced that a seismograph had been installed on-site to provide better characterization of how ground motion varies from one location to another during earthquakes. The seismograph, which is used to detect small natural quakes, is sensitive enough to record ground movement from raucous crowd activity at Earthquakes home games.
After collaboration with USGS, the data from NetQuakes has finally been revealed. Below is the top-10 most seismic moments in Avaya Stadium history, measured by approximating the kinetic energy in the ground for a given 15-second period. To put it in laymen’s terms, when the Quakes score and fans go ballistic, these are the 10 moments in the stadium’s short-but-sweet existence that caused the most ground movement.
1. [0.9251] Sanna Nyassi tallies lone goal in 1-0 thriller against Vancouver; April 11, 2015
2. [0.9147] Simon Dawkins' goal lifts 9-man Quakes to 2-1 win against Toronto FC; July 16, 2016
3. [0.8773] Chris Wondolowski's 90th minute tally against Seattle Sounders FC; April 8, 2017
4. [0.6020] Anibal Godoy scores the first goal of the 2017 season; March 4, 2017
5. [0.5853] Anibal Godoy's goal lifts San Jose to crucial 1-0 win against Sporting KC; Oct. 16, 2015
6. [0.5654] Quincy Amarikwa converts 'The Chip' in 2-1 win against Portland Timbers; March 13, 2016
7. [0.5205] Adam Jahn tallies equalizer in 1-1 draw with D.C. United; April 2, 2016
8. [0.4978] Matias Perez Garcia scores game-winning goal against RSL; Sept. 27, 2015
9. [0.4849] Shea Salinas scores game-winning goal in 1-0 win against LA Galaxy; Aug. 28, 2015
10. [0.4810] Chris Wondolowski nets equalizer in 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Oct. 3, 2015