posted on Dec, 1 2010 @ 12:13 PM
Originally posted by Riffrafter
I love the official explanation: An earthquake combined with a meteorite. LMAO - are you kidding me?
Great example of the Coincidence Coefficient theory: i.e. the probability that an explanation is full of crap is directly proportional to the number
of and/or incredulity level of the coincidences needed to support it.
There were at least 4 large meteors that night, at different times, and
none of them coincide exactly with the time of the Earthquake, so it's not as much of a coincidence as that story suggests, though there is some small
coincidence I suppose:
Records kept by the Astronomy Department at Leicester University, among other places, show that a number of outstanding bolide meteors were seen
that night. These coincided with the approximate times given by witnesses in north Wales. The first was at 7.25pm, followed by another at 8.15pm. The
third, at 8.30pm, co-incided with the centrepiece of the evening’s events. And yet another, the most dramatic of all, was seen at 9.55pm. Bolide
meteors are considerable brighter and longer lived than ordinary ‘shooting stars’. They can appear to be very low, depending on the position of
the witness, and often trail ‘sparks’ of blue and green across the sky. Bolide meteors are responsible for many misperceptions of UFOs and even
fool the emergency services who are often called out to ‘plane crashes only to discover the witnesses had seen a bright bolide meteor.
At exactly 8.38pm the Bala area was rocked by a huge explosion, closely followed by a deep rumbling.
Because of reports of lights in the sky that evening, it was initially thought that a meteorite had impacted on the Berwyns. Many people across North
Wales claimed to have seen a light in the sky ‘trailing sparks’. But this was seen at 8.30pm, eight minutes before the explosion, and witness
descriptions indicate that it was yet another bright fireball meteor. Nonetheless in the minds of many it has become conflated with the
‘explosion’ to create evidence of a crash.
The explosion was heard only in the Bala area but the tremor was felt as far away as Liverpool. By 2pm on the 24th January seismologists had
determined the explosion and tremor were caused by an earthquake of 4-5 on the Richter scale. It’s epicentre was the Bala area at a depth of eight
kilometres. To cause a reading of that magnitude, a solid object - meteorite or UFO - would have weighed several hundred tons and left a massive
crater. Therefore, unless a UFO had crashed at the exact moment of an earth tremor, it can be safely assumed that the explosion and rumblings were the
result of a purely natural process.
That article is 7 pages long, very informative, and answers lots of questions the OP/video doesn't even ask,
such as there were some poachers in the area with lights questioned by police that may explain some of the lights that some people saw afterward
making them think there was a crash:
The BGS records note the poachers, ‘continued work for half an hour to forty five minutes’ after
the 8.38pm earth tremor, and it was early in this time period the beams were seen.
Interesting story, but it seems some people are trying to make
it out to be something other than what it actually was.
edit on 1-12-2010 by Arbitrageur because: fix typo