As I'm sure you're all aware, the World Cup is going on. Fans are out in droves, wearing their country's colors and making enough of a damn racket that I can't find a moment of peace and quiet in the bar that I go to drink my troubles away.
But this is not about me and my unhealthy coping mechanisms. This is about Mexico, who won a massive upset against Germany, one of the favored teams and the winner of the last World Cup. This win has thrilled every Mexican soccer fan and their celebrations are SO powerful that they are setting off seismic vibrations into the earth.
That's right. Soccer fans are causing small earthquakes.
These tremors likely aren't noticed by the people, but they're triggering seismic sensors that the Institute for Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations in Mexico took notice. They released a tweet with their findings and explained that the earthquakes were likely caused by people jumping up and down during the winning goal.
Man-made earthquakes are not an unknown phenomena. They're often caused by underground mining or fracking, but other sporting events have caused similar incidents. NASCAR fans are notoriously boisterous and regularly cause these events, but the biggest one on record occurred during a 2011 Seattle Seahawks after a 67-yard touchdown caused the crowd to go nuts and shake the world with their enthusiasm.
As for Mexico, this victory is a massive celebration for the community. The New York Times, who originally broke this story, talked to reveler about what the victory meant.
“We will use it as inspiration and encouragement for many other things in our lives, and as a reminder that nothing is impossible,” she said. “That is why soccer matters: because it inspires us.”
These are still very early days in the tournament. Mexico next plays South Korea, on Saturday, and meets the fourth member of their group, Sweden, on June 27. The top two teams from each of the eight four-team groups advance to the next stage — and there are no guarantees that Mexico will be one of them even if, for Mexican fans, the victory over Germany multiplied their faith in their team.
Maritza Martínez, 50, who was celebrating at the Angel of Independencia with her husband and five children, said the team’s next test would come in due time. For now, it was time to relish a rare communal victory for the country.
“We do want to enjoy this moment to the fullest,” she said. “We want to prolong it as much as we can.”
As for Germany, they're vowing to bounce back after the defeat. Speaking to the media, coach Joachim Loew said “We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time,” the 58-year-old said. “We will certainly not throw our plans overboard. We will not deviate form our path, we just have to find our strengths again.”
So, you know, good for them. Me, I think The Simpsons nailed the American outlook on the game and I will let them speak for us all.