Mexico’s Sunday victory over Germany in the World Cup shook not only the soccer world but also the earth itself. At the moment when Mexico’s Hirving Lozano scored the game’s only goal, 35 minutes into the match, an artificial earthquake was detected in Mexico City. The Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Investigations tweeted seismographic readings of the activity, speculating that the minor earthquake may have been caused by “massive jumping”.
El #sismo detectado en la Ciudad de México se originó de manera artificial. Posiblemente por saltos masivos durante el Gol de la selección de #México en el mundial. Por lo menos dos sensores dentro de la Ciudad lo detectaron a las 11:32. pic.twitter.com/mACKesab3b
This is not the first time such an event happens. A blog post by the Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Investigations noted that a similar earthquake occurred after the final pass of a 1988 LSU-Auburn game.
No one is surprised by the unbridled celebrations, given how heavily favored Germany was to win the match. Mexico performed extremely well against the defending World Cup champions, even missing a few opportunities to further extend their lead. If their run of success continues, we’d better brace for more artificial earthquakes to be detected in Mexico City this World Cup season.