World Cup goal literally caused an earthquake
Mexico's shocking victory over Germany in the World Cup caused Mexico City to literally jump for joy.
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
— SIMMSA (@SIMMSAmex) June 17, 2018
The event wasn't big enough to be measured in magnitudes and wouldn't have been perceptible to the general population, according to the Institute for Geological and Atmospherical Investigations, which is not a government agency.
On Sunday, the institute tweeted seismographic readings highlighting the activity at the time when Mexicans celebrated what would be the decisive goal scored by striker Hirving Lozano. It attributed the cause possibly to celebratory "massive jumps" in a post that got more than 27,000 retweets.
At least two of its sensors inside Mexico City detected a seismic movement during the World Cup match, "most likely produced by the massive celebration," according to the institute's blog post.
It said that "such events are not very big at all. Only sensitive seismographic equipment (and generally nearby) can detect the effects of crowds."
So the closest instruments -- therefore, only a "very small number of seismographs" -- can measure the event, that was described as "micro-records," by the institute.
The blog post also noted that a similar event happened during a 2011 NFL game when a touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch prompted Seattle Seahawks fans to erupt in celebration and that caused a nearby seismometer to measure vibrations in what was called "Beast Quake."
It makes we wonder what will happen if Mexico advances?