Earthquake in Mexico creates 'desert tsunami' 1,500 miles away in Death Valley National Park

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Officials said that the shockwaves from Monday’s 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico sent shockwaves that caused a “desert flood” in Death Valley National Park, Nevada.

Mexico’s central Pacific Coast was rocked by the earthquake, killing at most one person. The National Park Service (NPS), said that the tremors caused waves of 4 feet high to wash into Devils Hole approximately 22 minutes after the earthquake struck.

According to the NPS, Devils Hole, a limestone cave that is partially filled with water in Nye County (Nevada), is hundreds of feet deep.

It is the home of Devils Hole’s endangered pupfish. They rely on algae from a shallow, sunny shelf for their food.


Officials stated that the “surprising quirk in geology” is , also known as a Seiche, which is a wave which undulates within a body of water. The waves stirred sediment and rocks on the shallow shelf, and most of the algae was removed. This limited the food supply for the pupfish in the short-term.

Officials said that waves were created by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. (National Park Service / Ambre Chaudoin)

Kevin Wilson, National Park Service aquatics ecologist, said that the pupfish had survived many of these events in recent times. “We didn’t find any dead fish when the waves stopped.”

Officials stated that the Devils Hole puppyfish population is steadily increasing, with 175 fish in Devils Hole as of March, compared with just 35 nine-years ago.

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A second earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit western Mexico on Thursday morning, killing at least 2 people. It wasn’t immediately clear if Devils Hole was affected by the same phenomenon.

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