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Can people cause earthquakes? Yes, and it just happened in Mexico City

Can people cause earthquakes? Yes, and it just happened in Mexico City

Monday, June 18, 2018

MEXICO CITY  — The ground shook in Mexico City on Sunday, not because of an earthquake but because soccer fans really know how to party.

After Mexico’s stunning win over defending champions Germany in Sunday’s World Cup opener, fans took to the streets of Mexico City and celebrated by waving the Mexican flag and breaking into song. Crowds converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument, bouncing with joy and chanting “Mexico” for hours after the match.

If you’re thinking that sounds tame as far as sports celebrations go, think again. Mexico’s fans were so exuberant that they actually caused an “artificial earthquake”.

Incredible scenes in Mexico City as the locals celebrate their historic win! 🇲🇽🙌

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Mexico’s Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations reported that at least two sensors in Mexico City recorded seismic activity at the same time Mexico player Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal. According to the institute, these seismic blips may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city, particularly in public squares and parks where fans had gathered to watch the game and celebrate the goal.

The “earthquake” was so epic that seismologists in Chile even recorded artificial activity in Mexico City, said USA Today.

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So can we all agree that Mexico City has the best sports fans in the world? If Mexico ends up winning the World Cup, consider yourself warned and run for cover.

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