A stunning video has captured the fascination—and fear—of locals in Morelos, Mexico as a street can be seen pulsing up and down, with chunks of the ground shifting like its own miniature earthquake. (scroll down for video)
The footage came not long after a massive 7.1 quake rocked Mexico, resulting in at least 233 dead so far.
Spectators in the video can be seen cautiously approaching the shifting road, some eager to examine it, others terrified to cross it.
The movement has been described as lungs “breathing”, inflating upwards, then deflating downwards.
Baffled, many people have begun discussing the bizarre phenomenon online.
The Daily Mail gathered some of these interesting theories from commenters:
“Scott Lenharth wrote: ‘They had something similar during the Japan earthquake in a park which caused soil liquefaction where water is squeezed out the cracks.’
“Vickie Flores wrote: ‘I think that may be the ocean underneath the road. Be careful as it could collapse and become a very large sink hole!’
“Julie Robinson wrote: ‘It’s just flexing as the earthquake waves pass through.’
“And Craig Valentine wrote: ‘It’s the tree swaying away from the crack and it’s roots lifting the road surface.’”
You Can Watch the Incredible Footage Here:
A road in Mexico appears to ‘breathe’ during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the centre of the country pic.twitter.com/47iMwoMR0i
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 20, 2017
The earthquake has brought with it a cruel sense of irony to the Mexican people, as it struck on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that left 10,000 people dead.
Harrowing scenes of tragedy and heroism have begun surfacing online, like this one:
A heartwarming rescue amidst the destruction in Mexico pic.twitter.com/mrUcuHjNMx
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 20, 2017
Similarly, 11 school children and 1 teacher were rescued from the rubble of a collapsed school near the country’s capitol.
Unfortunately, 21 children were also found dead, ranging in ages of 7 and 13.