A minor earthquake has occurred in Mexico City at the very same time the Mexican national team took the lead in their opener against Germany.
Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano completed an earth trembling counter-attacking move in the 35th minute, with the team continuing to reign victorious against the 2014 World Cup champions with a 1-0 win.
The timing of the earthquake – 11.32am local time – lined up neatly with 22-year-old Lozano’s perfect first-half goal, and is thought to be due to supporters jumping up and down with understandable excitement.
Fortunately, no damage was caused for this very small earthquake, however this certainly shows the ground-moving enthusiasm of Mexico’s fans…
— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) June 17, 2018
Se detecta #sismo en la Ciudad de México durante el Gol de la selección en el mundial.
— SIMMSA (@SIMMSAmex) June 17, 2018
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
This bizarre phenomenon was noted by SIMMSA – the organisation which monitors and analyses Mexico’s seismic activity.
Tweeting after the goal, SIMMSA said:
Earthquake detected in Mexico City during the goal by the national team in the World Cup.
The organisation then clarified this was an ‘artificial earthquake:’
The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially. Possibly by massive jumps during the goal of the Mexico team in the World Cup.
At least two sensors inside the City detected it.
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This match is being described as one of the greatest achievements in Mexican football history, and is certainly cause for celebration.
Mexico are the very first squad to defeat Germany in a World Cup opener since Algeria’s 1982 victory.
Speaking after the game, Lozano stated:
We are very happy, my team-mates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.
I don’t know if it the biggest victory in (Mexican) history but one of the biggest for sure.
It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.
Thank God it was a great result for the team and to get this (man of the match award) means a lot to me.
I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.
For people who don’t understand the passion and the meaning of this game. Germany today has lost its World Cup opener for the first time since 1982, and they are considered the best team in the world. World Cup champions in 2014. Mexico beat them today!! VAMOS MEXICO ??
— Joaquin Jesus Gonzalez (@11_Joaquin_11) June 17, 2018
— Ali (@RoyMustang786) June 17, 2018
Mexican parents were still gonna get drunk because it’s father day but imagine now with Mexico winning against Germany se van a poner una pinche peda
— KCIRE (@erickrobless) June 17, 2018
EVERY MEXICAN AFTER SEEING MEXICO WIN GERMANY !! pic.twitter.com/7Wq4kBvQJ4
— #999 (@Whos_Miguel) June 17, 2018
Going forward, Mexico will play their next match against South Korea in Rostov-on-Don on June 23 at 16:00 BST, with Germany playing against Sweden in Sochi later on the same day (19:00).
Well done Mexico!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.