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'Earthquake lights' generate UFO sightings


Posted on Friday, 3 January, 2014 | Comment icon 45 comments

The lights are difficult to catch on camera. Image Credit: sxc.hu
An extremely rare geological phenomenon has been identified as the source of some UFO reports.
Earthquake lights can manifest in a number of different ways and occur only in the rarest of circumstances. Sightings of floating spheres of light, strange blue glowing columns and lightning that reaches upwards instead of downwards have all been attributed to the phenomenon.

Researchers have recently identified a total of 65 recorded incidents involving earthquake lights over the last few hundred years and believe they have identified the conditions that create them.

"When a powerful seismic wave runs through the ground and hits a layer of such rocks, it compresses the rocks with great pressure and speed, creating conditions under which large amounts of positive and negative electrical charges are generated," said physics professor Friedemann Freund.

"These charges can then travel together, allowing them to reach what's called a plasma state, which can burst out and shoot up into the air."

Source: 13wmaz.com | Comments (45)

Tags: Earthquake, UFO


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #36 Posted by Sweetpumper on 10 January, 2014, 16:57
A very Happy New Year to all! For some reason, in the first few days of this new Year, skeptics on Facebook seem to be gushing all over claims about supposed "earthquake lights," supposedly caused by piezo-electric effects of rocks being squeezed by seismic forces. Such lights, it is said, might explain many reports of UFO sightings. You wouldn't know it from what skeptics are saying, but there is nothing new in this. Such claims have been circulating for years. In the 1970s, received much publicity for "his 1975 Tectonic Strain Theory (TST) of how geophysical va... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Xynoplas on 10 January, 2014, 18:09
Then it must be aliens!
Comment icon #38 Posted by 1963 on 10 January, 2014, 18:11
What an utterly pretentious and ill informed piece of twaddle!...that once again goes to amply demonstrate a complete crassness and smugness in decreeing that 'A Case Is Closed' before performing even a cursory bit of research when a certain class of self-proclaimed-sceptic finds what he/she perceives as a 'Scientific Explanation' for something that is in truth far from being adequately explained!! I suggest that in future before making such bold statements as "[u]So yet another old story put to bed[/u]" ...you do a little cross checking! .....Firstl... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Cobalt60 on 4 March, 2014, 13:20
quite the same as how they 'debunked' crop circles...at first they were all for 'em, then a month later they 'showed' how they were faked...not the same thing, but running parallel
Comment icon #40 Posted by Amerix on 4 March, 2014, 14:48
Earthquake lights have also been mistaken for things like HAARP as well, which conspiracy theorists claimed was behind the quake in Haiti most recently, to the quakes in Sichuan China. The fact of the matter is, earthquake lights have been spotted and documented long before things like HAARP ever existed. Like those who claim "UFO's", it more often than not turns out to just be something someone couldn't identify, so they immediately think "aliens". Some on this forum suffer from the same problem.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Cygnus05 on 4 March, 2014, 14:52
Crop circles aren't real? This is the first I heard of earthquake lights, but there's likely a scientific explanation.
Comment icon #42 Posted by DONTEATUS on 10 March, 2014, 21:24
Heres where the Aliens are Born,and Us And life everywhere !
Comment icon #43 Posted by psyche101 on 11 March, 2014, 7:14
I love the way Hawking put it, his words really got the Woo crowd buzzing!!! We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Living in this vast world that is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, people have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us ... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by bendigger0 on 11 March, 2014, 17:39
most eloquent rebuttal... and a beautiful photo.


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