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SEE IT: Mexico earthquake causes 'desert tsunami' 1,500 miles away in Death Valley


Officials at Death Valley National Park shared a video of a "desert tsunami" that occurred at Devils Hole after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico on Monday.

The earthquake, which had an epicenter 1,500 miles away, caused waves as high as 4 feet in the "water-filled limestone cave" in the Nevada portion of the national park.

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The video from the National Park Service shows the waves splashing around the rocks and other sediment on the shelf, removing portions of algae the Devils Hole pupfish rely on, which will cause a reduction in food available for the fish, per the park service.


“The pupfish have survived several of these events in recent years. We didn’t find any dead fish after the waves stopped,” said Kevin Wilson, aquatic ecologist for the park service, in a statement.

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Officials say the endangered Devils Hole pupfish have grown from a population of only 35 in their natural habitat in 2013 to 175 in a count conducted in March.

The earthquake that sparked the waves mainly affected the Mexican states of Colima and Michoacan on Monday.