It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … an earthquake?

For hundreds of years there have been reports of strange lights during earthquakes, now scientists are trying to figure out what they are

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... an earthquake?
These earthquake lights were observed minutes before the deadly 8.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2008. [Image Credit: YouTube]
By | Posted September 14, 2011
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The reports read like science fiction: “Fireballs a few meters in diameter often popped out of the ground in a repetitive manner at distances of up to only a few meters away from the observers.” These observers may sound crazy, but they’re not. They’re actually describing a real phenomenon called earthquake lights. Scienceline talks to David Brumbaugh, director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center about these lights and what might cause them.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… an earthquake? by Scienceline

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