A massive earthquake registering at a magnitude of 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico on Friday, leaving more than 32 people dead by current estimates, and felt by more than 50 million residents within the nation. Unfortunately, the heartache and tragedy the accompanies these sorts of natural disasters are something we’ve grown to expect in the aftermath of such an event, but amidst the turmoil, something most people didn’t expect also appeared: flashes of mysterious green and blue lights shooting across the sky.
Here on the internet, where crazy shoulders its way into conversation right alongside rational, reports of balls and streaks of neon seeming light in the skies above a natural disaster always comes with a chorus of conspiracy theorists alleging secret government weapons or the involvement of some advanced race of extraterrestrials. Unfortunately for the excitable masses, earthquake lights are a naturally occurring phenomena, and it seems unlikely that the U.S. government’s (now defunct) HAARP project could have been involved, nor were chemtrails, a Soviet era earthquake machine, or the Mothman. Instead, you can chalk these strange occurrences up to the electrical properties of certain rocks in very specific settings.
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