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Seismologists in Mexico City have confirmed that soccer fans are literally a force of nature.
Around 10:35 a.m. local time Sunday (June 17), two seismic sensors in Mexico's capital detected a small earthquake moments after the Mexican men's national soccer team scored a goal against Germany during an early World Cup match, The New York Times reported.
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Though the earthquake — known as an "artificial" or "man-made earthquake" in seismology slang — would not have been perceptible to the people of Mexico City, it nevertheless created a big enough rumble to register on multiple seismic instruments, the Institute wrote. The cause was likely "widespread celebration," as evidenced by the more than 75,000 gleeful soccer fans who reportedly mobbed the capital's main square after the game.
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