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World Cup celebrations didn't spark earthquakes in Mexico City, seismological experts say

Were there earthquakes in Mexico City as fans cheered their team's upset win over Germany in the World Cup? Yes. But the seismic activity was not caused by the celebrations.

Mexico's National Seismological Service (SSN) has issued a special report after a tweet from a non-government agency went viral on Sunday.

The original tweet from seismic monitoring network Simmsa said the vibrations were picked up by at least two sensors when Mexico's Hirving Lozano scored.

Simmsa said the artificial quake may have been generated by "massive jumps" across the city.

However, the SSN has now issued its own report.

It notes that while there were two small earthquakes registered at 10:24am and 12:01pm, the goal came around 11:35am local time.
The two earthquakes measured magnitude 2.5 and 2.7 and were located on the state boundary between Hidalgo and the State of Mexico, north of Mexico City, according to SSN.

While artificial earthquakes can be caused by human activity, the report noted that when people are scattered — in this case World Cup fans spread out watching the game — it is "very difficult for a clear and coherent signal" to be registered by sensors.

"In particular, the earthquakes of June 17, 2018 were presented during the period in which the match between the Mexico-Germany World Cup was taking place," the reported stated.

"However, they are not related to said activity.

"These earthquakes are due to the seismic activity typical of the Basin of Mexico." (ABC)

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