People have claimed to see bizarre blue and green lights in the sky but it was considered a mere myth until it was captured on camera and acknowledged by scientists as real.
On September 7, 2017, Mexico city was hit by an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude, making it one of the highest magnitude recorded on the Richter scale in centuries. There was massive destruction of property and several tragic deaths. What was more astonishing were the blue and green lights witnessed by localities during the quake.
“Mexicans report bizarre flashing lights in sky during earthquake with many believing they’re UFOs or the APOCALYPSE,” said The Mirror.
“Mysterious blue and green lights flashing in the sky as Mexico earthquake hits send UFO hunters into a frenzy,” reported The Sun.
There were misconceptions on this blazing light as many people believed an electricity station has blown up and the light was caused by that or the power lines have tangled due to friction. But there was altogether a different theory to it.
In early theories, when back in 1965, an earthquake hit Nagano, Japan, people saw lights of green color, scientists suspected that formation of electric fields is due to movement in rocks but it couldn’t be proved in labs.
In 2014, the answer to why mysterious lights were seen during or after an earthquake was finally answered. Research done by Robert Thériault and his team explained that 95% of seismic activity takes place at the boundaries between the tectonic plates and 85% of lights were seen during the quake when the tectonic plates crack – it is known as Continental rifting. This has a rare chance of occurring only 5% of times.
Further, the theory explains that earthquake occurs when there is stress in earth’s crust and finally by the way of quake the stress is released. During this time, charged ions are also moved to the surface of rocks where they are accumulated.
The high-density groups of oxygen ions give pockets of air an electric charge, turning them into a glowing plasma. This creates powerful flashes of lights in the sky during or after an earthquake.
This earthquake in Mexico was recorded as the most severe one after 1985 which demolished buildings and killed thousands. Now, six deaths were reported, out of which one baby died in hospital as the electricity went off and her ventilator couldn’t function. Another child died as a wall collapsed over.
This tremor lasted for 90 seconds and people rushed onto the streets. They were more scared by the blazing lights assuming that it was a sign of acidic rain or UFOs.