Celebrating Mexicans Set Off Earthquake Sensors

Though 'quake' said to have resulted from 'massive jumping' during World Cup was deemed 'artificial'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2018 8:07 AM CDT
Celebrating Mexicans Set Off Earthquake Sensors
Fans celebrate Mexico's win during the Mexico versus Germany World Cup soccer match as they watch it on an outdoor screen in Mexico City's Zocalo on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)

Mexico pulled off a big upset during the World Cup on Sunday, defeating defending champ Germany 1-0. And that one goal in Moscow got hometown fans so riled up 6,600 miles away in Mexico City that it may have created an "artificial" earthquake, per the New York Times. In a blog post and tweet, the Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations reported two of its sensors in Mexico City picked up seismic activity right around the time Hirving Lozano scored his goal—activity caused "possibly because of massive jumping." Not everyone believes the World Cup event could set off a seismic shake-up, however. An expert from the National Autonomous University of Mexico tells the Times a quake can't be caused by the "scattered activity of fans," while CNN notes neither the US Geological Survey nor the National Seismological Service in Mexico picked up any signs of a quake.

The Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations, however, clarifies the quake wouldn't have been felt by anyone and wouldn't be classified as a geological event. Other types of "induced" temblors include those caused by fracking and nuclear tests, and USA Today notes the "beast quake" caused by fans after a touchdown by the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch during a 2011 NFL playoff game. Whether their revelry caused the earth to shake doesn't matter to Mexicans as much as the win, which the Times notes comes at a time rife with "relentlessly dismal news" for the country, where the effect of soccer is said to be "magic." "I barely felt like watching the match, because I thought we were going to get badly beaten," one local taxi driver says. "But the fact that we won renews our hope." (Check out Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick from Friday.)

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