World Cup fans cause a quake in Mexico City

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Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Sunday. Photo: Getty
Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Sunday. Photo: Getty

Hirving Lozano scoring the lone goal in Mexico’s 1-0 victory over reigning World Cup champion Germany appears to have led to an artificial earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday.

Two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up the temblor the same time Lozano scored 35 minutes into the match.

Seismologists in Chile also said that their instruments detected an artificial temblor at the same time.

At most such fan-induced earthquakes would generate a 2.0 on the Richter Scale, which typically would go unnoticed by the public if it were a typical quake, said John E. Vidale, director of Southern California Earthquake Center.

By comparison, 1985’s killer earthquake in and around Mexico City was an 8.0.

Induced seismic activity has been measured from everything from nuclear testing to fracking, although this wouldn’t be the first time sports fans literally have made the earth move.

When the Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints during a playoff game in 2014, measurable seismic activity followed. A couple years prior, a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run caused what came to be known as the “beast quake.”

Source: USA Today Sports

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