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Earthquakes have long been accompanied by the appearance of "bright, luminescent, multicoloured sky glows" that can take place any time before, during, or after the seismological event. They've been recorded throughout history, but modern science has only started to take them seriously since the photographs of the Matsushiro earthquake lights taken by Yutaka Yasui between 1965 and 1967. There have since been extensive observations of several events, but the phenomenon currently remains unexplained.
The first recorded mention of earthquake lights comes from Callisthenes (not Thucydides as is commonly reported), who wrote of an earthquake of 373 BC that "[a]mong the many prodigies by which the destruction of the two cities, Helice and Buris, was foretold, especially notable were both the immense columns of fire and the Delos earthquake." Powell and Finkelstein (1971) quote an old Japanese haiku that has been subsequently re-quoted in almost every EQL summary written:
The earth speaks softly
To the mountain
And lights the sky.
An earthquake light is an unusual luminous aerial phenomenon that reportedly appears in the sky at or near areas of tectonic stress, seismic activity, or volcanic eruptions. Once commonly challenged, it was not until photographs were taken during the Matsushiro earthquake swarm in Nagano, Japan, from 1965 through 1967, that the seismology community acknowledged their occurrence.
The lights are reported to appear while an earthquake is occurring, although there are reports of lights before or after earthquakes, such as reports concerning the 1975 Kalapana earthquake. They are reported to have shapes similar to those of the auroras, with a white to bluish hue, but occasionally they have been reported having a wider color spectrum. The luminosity is reported to be visible for several seconds, but has also been reported to last for tens of minutes.
Accounts of viewable distance from the epicenter varies, in the 1930 Idu earthquake, lights were reported up to 70 miles from the epicenter. Earthquake lights were reportedly spotted in Tianshui, Gansu, approximately 400 km north-northeast of the earthquakes epicenter. The phenomenon was also widely observed and caught on film during the 2007 Peru, 2008 Sichuan, 2009 L'Aquila, and 2010 Chile earthquakes. The phenomenon was also reported around the Aimuri Earthquake in New Zealand, that occurred 1 September 1888. The lights were visible in the morning of 1 September in Reefton, and again on the 8th of September.
Earthquake lights are caused by an unknown mechanism. There are numerous theories as to how and why they occur.
One explanation involves intense electric fields created piezoelectrically by tectonic movements of rocks containing quartz.
Another possible explanation is local disruption of the Earth's magnetic field and/or ionosphere in the region of tectonic stress, resulting in the observed glow effects either from ionospheric radiative recombination at lower altitudes and greater atmospheric pressure or as aurora. However, the effect is clearly not pronounced or notably observed at all earthquake events and is yet to be directly experimentally verified.
There is also debate in the scientific community regarding radon as a possible precursor to some earthquakes, so another theory is that glowing clouds might be light emission produced by ionization or plasma-chemical reactions. Wiki
Can unusual clouds signal the possibility of an impending earthquake? That's the question being asked following the discovery of distinctive cloud formations above an active fault in Iran before each of two large earthquakes occurred.
Geophysicists Guangmeng Guo and Bin Wang of Nanyang Normal University in Henan, China, noticed a gap in the clouds in satellite images from December 2004 that precisely matched the location of the main fault in southern Iran. It stretched for hundreds of kilometres, was visible for several hours and remained in the same place, although the clouds around it were moving. At the same time, thermal images of the ground showed that the temperature was higher along the fault. Sixty-nine days later, on 22 February 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit the area, killing more than 600 people.
In December 2005, a similar formation again appeared in the clouds for a few hours. Sixty-four days later, an earthquake of magnitude 6 shook the region. Source
Another sign of an impending quake is a disturbance in the ultralow frequency (ULF) radio band--1 hertz and below--noticed in the weeks and more dramatically in the hours before an earthquake. Researchers at Stanford University, in California, documented such signals before the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which devastated the San Francisco Bay Area, demolishing houses, fracturing freeways, and killing 63 people.
Both the lights and the radio waves appear to be electromagnetic disturbances that happen when crystalline rocks are deformed--or even broken--by the slow grinding of the earth that occurs just before the dramatic slip that is an earthquake. Although a rock in its normal state is, of course, an insulator, this cracking creates tremendous electric currents in the ground, which travel to the surface and into the air. Source
Saw you posting about and describing and earthquake prediction model that sounded pretty interesting I would love to bounce ideas to you for it, as i just enjoy doing that. i am an electrical and acoustic engineer with more leanings on the r&d side of things However, i do not know all that much about earthquakes, so i hope you can bear with my ignorance
I have long suspected that in the tension before an ensuing quake, there would be specific magnetic anomalies. the only issue is data collection and pattern emergence. Have you thought about building a specific test platform for this? would be interesting to see what a scale model would elucidate. it could basically be two test mediums to represent plates in various ways. then test it with a strong magnetic field penetrating it (as a magnet under the medium, measured above the medium), and also test it as the two plates acting as electro-magnets. As the test mediums build pressure, one would monitor the em fields present around the entire test platform for any changes and patterns that may occur leading up to, during, and after a simulated quake.
Something like that would allow for repeated testing, and if designed properly, not just for em patterns.
I type very, very fast, so please forgive messages of length?
i just forgot some
I wanted to also mention that if the idea behind the testing platform is able to represent real world mechanics, at least from a pattern standpoint, then applied in a little different manner, it could test for elenin as well. i cant discount the idea that elenin may actually be a highly magnetic object.
I dont know how much you know about magnets, but i dont need to go too in depth to explain one of my hypotheses. So, when you have say, three magnets, the one in the center will prefer to be opposing to the ones on the outside. If you create a line of magnets that are linked, they will want to switch polarities back and forth with each magnet. I have suspected that when the earth is that center magnetic field between two very strong magnets (like the sun and "x") then depending on the orientation of those magnetic fields, the earths field will want to flip its polarity. or, at the very least move around. This magnetic influence would likely affect everything from mass distribution to possibly even plate movement.
The testing platform could also test how an outside strong magnetic influence, of varying polarity differences, would affect a "close-by" magnetic field, and the things contained within it (plate movement, specifically).
Sorry for jabbering on, as i said, i type fast (over 120 wpm) Hopefully it was interesting though and not just some gibberish
I have no idea in the world why no one has entered any information after over 900 views. No comments, no ratings, no info...
Is it that not one of the viewers has never seen this phenomena or has a friend that has?
And I was thinking of adding pre-quake smells to the map.
Is it that the map is difficult to place the info on?
Get a hold of me on ATS and I will assist.
Is it that the possibility of such a system - if at all possible - scares people?
Perhaps I dream too big for non-dreamers to envision success. Not that that's bad, just saying.
Is it that no one really cares?
What can I do to make this work better?
Originally posted by electricalpup
I want to report a singular cloud similar to your Chile picture. It caught me off guard because it stuck out like a sore thumb. Beautiful it was. This occurred March 31, at approximately 7 to 8 am. I stared at it for about 15 minutes, in Kokomo,Indiana. I was busy filling my bird feeders thinking how beautiful to start the day and did not make the connection till today when I seen your thread. The time is approx. We had a earthquake 12/30/10 recently, and April, 2008. Just want to participate, maybe something.
Originally posted by wevebeenassimilated
reply to post by thorfourwinds
We just observed earthquake lights for about 10-20 minutes to the southwest of our location in Kentucky. The general direction of New Madrid! I've never seen these weird lights before! A relatively small bright spot in the sky with pink to the right and blue-green colors to the left of it. In the middle it was yellowish-white. It came for a few minutes and went away then returned for a few minutes in the same place in the sky.
Also a sulfur smell in our water which has never been there before until a few weeks ago.