A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico has triggered four-foot waves in Devils Hole in Death Valley.
The earthquake, which had its epicenter near the Colima-Michoacan border, struck around 11 a.m. Monday and affected the limestone cave that is home to the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish.
The waves were expected, so a team prepared to capture the slosh on camera as part of the rare “desert tsunami.”
The earthquake took about 22 minutes to impact the water considering its origin was nearly 1,500 miles away.
Despite the rocking, all the pup fish were safe and taken care of.
“The pupfish have survived several of these events in recent years,” National Park Service aquatic ecologist Kevin Wilson told KTLA.
“We didn’t find any dead fish after the waves stopped,” Wilson added.
Nine years ago there were only 35 pup fish in the water.
Luckily, in March, scientists found that the total number of species in the caves was 175.
While shaking the waves at Devils Hole, the quake also agitated the sediment and rocks on the shallow shelf, removing much of the algal growth.
And while the pupfish survived the seismic event unscathed, they depend on the algae for survival.
This means that food for the rare fish will be limited in the short term.
This earthquake is also the third major quake to strike Mexico over the years on September 19, with tremors also occurring in 1985 and 2017.
“No, not again! My god, not again!” A couple who previously lost children in the 2017 earthquake when their school collapsed told NBC News of their reaction.
The recent earthquake was also deadly, killing two people.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6279550/mexico-earthquake-waves-4-feet-tall-two-people-killed/ Shocking video following the Mexico earthquake shows the rare ‘desert’ tsunami in Death Valley with 4-foot waves 1,500 miles away