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    LOUDEST FANS On Dec. 20, 2008, Milwaukee Bucks fans in the Bradley Centre in Milwaukee raised the roof to the tune of 106.6 decibels. Sacramento Kings fans are expected to attempt to break that mark - listed by Guinness as a world record - on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Following are noises presented by several sources as the loudest ever made.
    Jeffrey Phelps | Associated Press
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    1. Tunguska Meteor: 300-315 decibels
    Generally considered the loudest event ever was the massive explosion of the Tunguska Meteor, which rocked the area around the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, at 7:40 a.m. on June 30, 1908. The sound is estimated to have been a destructive 300 to 315 decibels.
    WGBH television
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    2. Earthquakes: 235 decibels
    A quake of at least 5.0 on the Richter scale hits 235 decibels, loud enough at the epicenter to kill humans even if falling buildings or heaving ground don’t.
    Stringer/Xinhua/ZUMA24.com | Sacramento Bee file
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    3. Bomb: 210 decibels
    Though the test of a hydrogen bomb in the Bikini Islands in the 1950s is a larger blast, a 1-ton TNT bomb creates a lethal noise of 210 decibels.
    Associated Press file
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    4. Krakatoa volcano: 188 decibels
    The Krakatoa eruption of 1883 generated a sound historically reported at 180 decibels. The island that is part of Indonesia exploded with such force that it was heard as far away as Australia.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    5. Blue whale call: 180 decibels
    The low-frequency sounds emitted by blue whales can travel hundreds of miles underwater and are meant to communicate with other whales, especially to attract mates. As well as the largest, the blue whale is the loudest animal on earth.
    Jodi Frediani | Associated Press
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    6. Space shuttle launch: 165-170 decibels
    The iconic space truck, so graceful and silent in the vacuum of near-earth orbit, is an ear-splitting, roaring beast as it lurches from its launching pad and lumbers skyward while wrestling with gravity’s grip. The noise of this struggle is sustained - unlike many other ear-splitting events - as necessary thrust is generated.
    Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel/ MCT
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    7. Drag racers: 155-160 decibels
    Top fuel dragsters - rails - are the loudest sports equipment, and fire shooting from exhaust ports is visual confirmation of the violent combustion of nitroglycerin-based fuel coming to life and creating hundreds of horsepower to propel the lithe racers down their quarter-mile tracks.
    Auto Imagery, Inc. | Associated Press
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    8. Gunfire: 145-155 decibels
    People who fire gunpowder-charged weapons are familiar with the need to wear hearing protection since their ears are so close to the action.
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee
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    9. Rock concerts: 135-145 decibels
    Bands such as Kiss (pictured) are known to crank up the volume to painful levels. AC/DC, Manowar, Led Zeppelin and The Who, among others, also have hit historic heights with their hard riffin’.
    Marco Ugarte | Associated Press
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    10. Jet engines: 140 decibels at 100 feet
    No kidding, jet airplanes are loud, so much so that even the muffled roar inside can be a little disconcerting when take-off acceleration pushes the craft toward rotation.
    Paul Estcourt | Associated Press
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    Other noisemakers: Lawnmowers They kick out 107 decibels at three feet distant.
    Chris Crewell | Sacramento Bee file
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    Telephone dial tones A relatively sedate 80 decibels.
    Cowles Syndicate Inc.
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    Conversation Between people about three feet apart, the noise level is about 60 to 65 decibels.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee
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    So how much noise does a cowbell make? Kings fans are famous for their cowbells! Answer: 110 decibels. A certified industrial hygienist measured the noise level of cowbells in 2012 when cowbells and air-powered horns were banned by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He measured the cowbell at 110 decibels at about 2 feet, and the air horn at 129 decibels -- enough to cause pain and temporary hearing impairment.
    Anne Chadwick Williams | Sacramento Bee file photo
The Sacramento Kings have announced that an attampt will be made Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, by the team's fans at Sleep Train Arena to break the Guinness world record for fan noise. The record is held by Milwaukee Bucks fans, set at Bradley Centre in 2008. The Milwaukee record of 106.6 decibels is loud, but compared to other noises, it's a little sedate. Here are some of sounds accepted as the loudest ever.
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