Mexican Fans Caused Earthquake by Celebrating World Cup Win
Mexican football fans could hardly contain their joy when Hirving Lozano scored a goal against Germany in Mexico’s opening game of the World Cup. Supporters of the team jumped into the air when the ball hit the net in the 35th minute.
But did their jubilant stomping really cause an earthquake as some media have reported? A tweet from Mexico’s Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations would suggest so.
The tweet by the institute, which monitors seismic activity, reads: “Artificial quake in Mexico City due to celebration of goal by the Mexican team in the game against Germany during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.” The image highlights the moment of the goal with a red rectangle on the seismograph. This shows localized shaking near the seismometer.
#Sismo artificial en la Ciudad de México por celebración de gol de la selección mexicana durante el partido contra Alemania en el Mundial de Rusia 2018.
— SIMMSA (@SIMMSAmex) June 17, 2018
The institute confirms that two of its seismometers local to celebrating fans picked up ground movement immediately after the winning goal against the defending champions.
“During the game, the Mexican team managed to score 35 minutes and seven seconds in, at this moment our monitoring systems detected a seismic movement with an acceleration of 37 m/s2 picked up by at least two sensors inside Mexico City. These were very probably produced by the massive celebrations,” the blog reads.