World Cup: Mexico celebration triggers ‘artificial’ earthquake

World Cup: Mexico celebration triggers 'artificial' earthquake

June 18 (UPI) — The agency that monitors earthquakes in Mexico says an ‘artificial quake’ registered in Mexico City after Mexico’s goal against Germany at the 2018 World Cup.

Mexico upset the 2014 World Cup champions 1-0 on Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The match was scoreless up until the 35th minute. Mexican star Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez dribbled down the pitch, outpacing defenders until he found Hirving Lozano on the play for the clincher.

Fans flooded Zocalo Square in Mexico City for a raucous celebration after the score.

“The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially,” the Department of seismology and volcanism of the Institute of Geological and Atmosphere Research AC tweeted.

“Possibly from the massive jumps during the goal for the Mexican team in the World Cup. At least two sensors inside the City detected it at 11:32.”

Something similar occurred in the United States in 2011 when Marshawn Lynch recorded a 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recored a shake equivalent to a magnitude 1 earthquake after that performance.

“Such events are not very big at all,” the Mexican institute said on its website. “Only sensitive seismographic equipment [and generally nearby] can detect the effects of crowds.”

Mexico battles South Korea in its next Group F matchup at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

The national team has not advanced past the round of 16 since the 1986 World Cup, when it advanced to the quarterfinals.


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