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Footage of two mysterious white lights hovering near Chile's erupting Calbuco volcano has tens of thousands of internet users speculating about the source of the unexplained phenomenon.
Yesterday the Calbuco erupted for the first time in half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky near the southern port city of Puerto Montt and triggering a red alert.
As hundreds of people filmed the enormous plume of ash and smoke rising from the mouth of the volcano some captured a so-far unidentified object that has sparked a number of theories.
Some internet users said the pair of lights that hovered near the plume before disappearing were either police helicopters, an optical illusion or a UFO.
"Some believe it may be a drone or a helicopter of the police," wrote YouTube user Ana Luisa Cid, who posted a compilation of footage of the object.
"What is striking, in my opinion, is that the object remained static, then vanished. Optical illusion?"
Yesterday evening April 22, 2015 the Chilean volcano "Calbuco" erupted again after more than 40 years of inactivity. A spectacular column of smoke and ash forced to suspend flights and aircraft operations at the near airports and pushed around 4000 people to evacuate from the surrounding area.
originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: Sublimecraft
First one looks like plane landing lights, possibly a plane landing at Puerto Montt airport, which is still operational..
The plane probably isn't anywhere near the volcano.
The second could be simply an electrical discharge, we only see it flash in one frame.
Ball lightning (BL) is observed as a luminous sphere in regions of thunderstorm activity. There are many reports of BL forming in total absence of thunderclouds, associated with earthquakes and volcanoes.
Similar luck fell to French colleagues observing thunderstorms in the volcano chain of central France . After some inactivity, the storm reached superheated air masses rising above the city of Clermont-Ferrand. Then in 20 minutes, 21 “superbolt” impacts occurred, emerging directly from the thundercloud anvil. At the sixteenth impact an intense, almost spherical ball of light formed close to ground level, which remained visible for 1.4 second, see Figure 1.