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0Shares0000A tweet suggested Mexicans celebrating their World Cup win against Germany triggered an “artificial earthquake,” but experts disagree © AFP/FileMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 20 – After Mexico scored a goal to defeat defending champions Germany in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, a tweet suggesting that celebrating fans had triggered an “artificial earthquake” in Mexico City went viral.But according to experts, no such earthquake occurred. WHAT ARE WE ARE VERIFYING?“The earthquake detected in Mexico city was artificial in origin. Possibly caused by mass jumping during Mexico’s World Cup goal. At least two sensors in Mexico City detected it at 11:32,” said the tweet, by an institution calling itself SIMMSA — the Department of Seismology and Volcanology of the Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Research.The story of the “earthquake” caused by jubilant Mexican fans was picked up by media outlets around the world.WHAT DO WE KNOW?The public institution that monitors seismic activity in Mexico, the National Seismological Service (SSN), did not announce any earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday.Xyoli Ramirez Campos of the Geophysics Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a member of the SSN, said that although movements by large groups of people can create vibrations that are picked up by seismographs, they would not resemble the spike caused by an earthquake.“For example, when (university football team) the Pumas play, and more than 60,000 people are jumping at the same time, it creates a detectable signal,” she told AFP.“But that is reflected as vibrations on the graph, not an earthquake.”A similar phenomenon occurs during FC Barcelona matches, said Spanish geologist Javier Carmona of the Complutense University in Madrid.“Every time Barca scores a goal, the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona detects the same thing. But it’s not right to say that it’s generated an earthquake,” he said.“It’s not true that Mexico’s goal caused an earthquake. On a seismograph, it would appear as a signal with a different frequency from an earthquake.”Ramirez Campos said she was unaware of SIMMSA’s existence until its tweet went viral.“It’s not a site that’s known within the seismological community,” she said.WHAT CONCLUSION CAN BE DRAWN?The mass movements of large crowds of people can be detected by seismographs, but they do not trigger earthquakes. There is no evidence an earthquake took place in Mexico City on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“He is injured as you know. Has some difficulty with his knee and we cannot take risk because of his future career and it’s a huge problem because he is the captain and one of the best players in the team. He plays for Tottenham and that shows how much he is important. But what Can I do? I cannot cry. I have to find a solution; I have to find another option,” the tactician said.He also added; “We need to improve also on the professional level. For example Lloris (Hugo) is injured but he was in Paris on Monday to have a check-up with the medical team of the French national team. It is not the case here and we need to improve this for the future.”There is also a bit of concern on deputy skipper David Owino who has also returned from injury, but had to be checked by the doctors after the Wednesday morning session.‘It is only a slight pull, but I will be okay to play. I will look at it today but I am certain it is not serious,” Owino said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama (Centre) with team mates David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng (left) and Paul Were (right) during training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has confirmed that captain Victor Wanyama, his elder brother MacDonald Mariga and sensational winger Paul Were will not be part of his squad for Saturday’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.Wanyama has just returned to first team training with his club Tottenham Hotspur and will not be ready for the game while Mariga is said to be finalizing on a move after leaving Spanish Segunda B side Real Oviedo.