Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans celebrated so hard after their nation’s team defeated Germany at the World Cup that seismic detectors in Mexico City registered an artificial earthquake.
Mexico’s seismic monitoring network, Simmsa, said the vibrations were picked up by at least two sensors when Mexico’s Hirving Lozano scored.
In a tweet, Simmsa said the artificial quake may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city.
Spanish earthquake app, Sismologia Chile, said on Facebook that the coordinated shaking may have led the sensors to interpret the non-natural vibrations as an earthquake.
But this is not the first time revellers have felt the earth move under their feet.
Last year Peru qualified for its first World Cup since 1982 by defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
The celebration was so intense it triggered a warning on Sismologia Chile.
The app said the disturbance happened at the same time Jefferson Farfan scored the first goal against the Kiwis.
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks have a reputation for generating small earthquakes with their celebrations, so much so that the team’s stadium is part of a study by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
In January 2011, seismologists recorded strong vibrations equivalent to a magnitude-1 to 2 earthquake when running back Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown.
The incident was dubbed Beast Quake.
A few years later fans caused even stronger vibrations when Lynch scored another touchdown.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has said triggering an earthquake at a 2011 concert in New Zealand is one of his proudest moments.
Fans at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland were rocking out so hard they registered on GeoNet, the country’s earthquake monitor.
“We have that seismograph readout of the show on the wall in the studio. I’m probably more proud of that, than anything we’ve ever done,” Grohl told the New Zealand Herald.
Grohl gave a nod to his earthshaking fans when the band returned to the city earlier this year, saying “you crazy earthquake starting motherf******”
A rock concert by English band Madness at London’s Finsbury Park in 1992 was concluded to be responsible for strong vibrations that cracked windows and a balcony nearby.
There were several reports of an earthquake at the time of the concert.
Local police evacuated three tower blocks, which were checked by the fire department for damage before people were allowed back in.
The British Geological Survey said no significant earthquakes were detected at the time the complaints were made, although the nearest monitoring station was about 30 kilometres away.
U2 has caused not one but two seismic events — both in Brussels.
Readings taken during the band’s concerts in October 1984 and July 1987 show vibrations were felt up to 500 metres away from the arena.
Seismologists at the Royal Observatory concluded the activity was caused by infrasound generators, which create sound waves that are too low to be heard by humans.