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Earthquake lights or Electrical transformers?

From Luis Ruiz Noguez’s MarcianitosVerdes:

“I have been reading many Peruvian discussion forums on which many witnesses report their experiences with the quake in August 15.

I’m more and more convinced that most of them describe lights produced by the explosion of power transmission transformers. The majority of the lights are seen over the horizon, behind houses, buildings or trees. No explosion is heard at first, but that can be understood if we place ourselves amid the chaos at the time. As the ground moves below our feet, buildings crumble and people scream in despair, we will hardly notice the sound of a transformer exploding. Or associate the light over the horizon with the explosion.

The transformer explodes. We see the flash of light. But seconds later, depending on the distance of the transformer, we hear an explosion. Light travels faster than sound. Even if an explosion is not heard, the flash could have been caused by the contact of high voltage power transmission wires. Such explosion wouldn’t be as loud  as those of transformers.

The lights, as I worte, were seen over the horizon. I haven’t found descriptions of lights seen directly in the sky.

There are, on the other hand, reports of lights seen over in the sea. One of the visitors of MarcianitosVerdes, Michael, wrote:

“I was there and when I was walking I saw a flash of light to the south, that could be in the sea, but this all happened in Lima. Soon the power was cut in Villa el Salvador and SJM. This could have been electrical energy, but some experts say they are produced in the [tectonic] plates. This phenomenon left the neighbors terrorized and made them think the worse was coming. It was a scary experience, as people screamed, prayed and despaired”.

LMP wrote the same:

“I live in Villa, next to the sea, the lights came from the sea, it wasn’t a spark nor an explosion nor the luminescence that some refer to. Tonight the engineer Ronald Woodman of the Geophysical Institute pointed that there was no explanation for what many of us saw. The curious thing is that immediately after the two glowing lights, one white and the other blue, the earthquake stopped. An explanation must be sought, but the ones attempted so far does not explain what happened.

And also Carolyn:

“Well, I live in Callao close to the sea and it’s true that during the earthquake there were two flashes of light in the sky and that they were in the direction of the sea, around the San Lorenzo island. We all were impressed because it’s something so strange that it was just in the sea. I also ask you to pray for everyone who is not with us anymore, ok, bye”.

I ask myself if the San Lorenzo island is an inhabited place with telephone service? The lights seen in direction of the sea could have come from electrical transformers that exploded in San Lorenzo island? Is the island sufficiently close for the flashes of light to be seen at the continent?

On the other hand Juan Carlos tell us that the blackouts support the transformers explosions hypothesis:

“Hello, I live in Santa Anita and here the erthquake was very strong and the lights of some areas went off and didn’t return until 10:30PM. Well, I don’t know if someone can explain this light pheonomenon very well…”

Only an in situ investigation with the reports from the electrical company — to determine the place where the transformers and transmission lines explosions happened — could clarify many doubts.

More attention should be placed to the reports from witnesses who claim the lights came from the sea or directly above in the sky.

Another question: Did any light seen have another color from white or blue?

As usual, Noguez does a great work. Some people are not as cautious when evaluating the episode. The video below is an example:

The TV program first shows an UFO footage from last year, an incident which reportedly was followed 15 minutes later by an earthquake. Seems interesting, I would like to know more about that, but instead of more detail they then featured the “Flotilla” episode in Peru a few months ago, where hundreds of points in the sky were seen.

It’s very probable the Peruvian Flotilla incident involved common balloons, as this confusion is being made on many Latin American countries where balloon sightings are being promoted as “Flotillas”, or “fleets” of UFOs. It’s similar to the UK Balloo-FOs.

Why they featured the Flotillas episode? To then present people who claim these were warnings by aliens of the coming tragedy. I will not even begin to criticize that, I hope the sheer absurdity speaks for itself.

By the way, this seems to be the very same local program (“ATV notícias”) which originally promoted the Peruvian “Flotilla”, so it’s not much of a surprise they make the link. And it’s also telling of the level of seriousness of such program.

UPDATE: Check these two videos of eletrical short circuits, arcing and explosions, pointed by Ivan.

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  1. Carlos R. Patron August 19th, 2007 3:16 pm

    Actually, it’s a lot more improbable than you might think. This sighting, captured with professional video equipment, involved some 20 to 30 larger lights, and behind them a cluster of what could easily have been up to 5,000 lights (in a roughly 50 x 100 swarm). In Lima, that would completely unheard of, unprecedented, and of no apparent reason for it. I think I should know, as I lived there for over a quarter of a century. We need another explanation, but earthlights (plasmas) are one that seem a bit more plausible to me. Possibly related to seismic/tectonic plate activity.

  2. Robert Tanguay August 26th, 2007 1:44 pm

    Could it be that the Nazca Ridge and the phenomenum are related?

    It seems possible the epicenter being on the Nazca Ridge axis. And the epicenter of the earthquake being way below the ground, maybe it mades it at the same level of Ridge.

    The fact lights were seen over the water point a relation there. Some could think it is related to the lights, what are they, I do not know, but there is something previous of the appearance of the lights beneath the water. It is more likely to be related to the lights and the earthquake.

  3. Miriam Dempsey August 30th, 2007 6:29 pm

    Take a look at this Video
    (it’s in spanish but it’s a good graphic explanation)

    Read this article:

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