Posted on January 3, 2014 by END TIME HEADLINES
They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed as hallucinations. But geologists have collected a near-definitive list of the rare but fascinating phenomena known as earthquake lights. Certain types of earthquakes in certain areas can set off blazes of light seconds — sometimes days — before the actual quake. These can manifest as floating balls of light, bluish columns shooting up out of the earth and even reverse lightning, reaching up into the sky from the ground. A study out Thursday in the journal Seismological Research Letters shows such quakes are tied to a specific type of temblor in areas where certain geological formations occur. Though the lights are rare, researchers were able to document 65 examples from 1600 to the present.
•Seconds before the L’Aquila, Italy, earthquake struck in 2009, pedestrians saw flames of light 4 inches high flickering above the stone-paved Francesco Crispi Avenue in the town’s historical city center.
•In Pisco, Peru, a naval officer saw pale-blue columns of light bursting four times in succession out of the water Aug. 15, 2007, as a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck.Security cameras in the city captured images of the lights as well.
•On Nov. 12, 1988, a bright purple-pink globe of light moved through the sky along the St. Lawrence River near the city of Quebec, 11 days before a powerful quake.
•On April 18, 1906, blue flames hovered at the base of foothills west of San Francisco just before the great earthquake hit. South of the city, in San Jose, one street was ablaze with fire in a faint but beautiful rainbow color. More
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