UFO Sightings Could Be Earthquake Lights

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - January 3, 2014

UFOs are sighted all around the world and usually only seen by one or two people at a time. On rare occasions, mass sightings of UFOs can occur and when this happens, it’s hard to convince the masses that they are seeing things.

A recent flurry of UFO sightings in California has confused and piqued the curiosity of many. Several California residents reported seeing strange lights that they called UFOs floating or flying around the night skies over the last few evenings.

One witness described the lights saying, “I seen like six bright orange colored lights. They were almost like a diamond or triangle shape. It was weird. And so they started just separating.”

The sightings came just a few days after a crop circle was discovered in Salinas, California, which makes many UFO enthusiasts even more convinced that the lights are related to UFOs or are UFOs themselves.

According to a team of scientists at the San Jose State University and the NASA Ames Research Center, the lights could be a sign that an earthquake is about to strike the area. Scientists have been studying the unexplained lights for several years and have found that they often appear along faults a few days before an earthquake occurs.

Earthquake lights have been documented as far back as the 1600’s and although they can’t always predict an earthquake, they can be considered a warning.

According to scientists, the lights occur when a seismic wave hits a level of rock that is capable of generating electric charges. When the charges travel together they reach a plasma state and explode out of the ground and into the sky where they appear as lights.
Although the lights may not explain the recent UFO sightings, researchers have found that mass UFO sightings often occur at the same time as seismic activity.

Do you think the recent California UFO sightings could be earthquake lights?

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • Ace917

    I watched the orange lights just west of the Hollywood Hills on New Years Eve. They came and went, sometimes as many as six visible at one time. I looked at them thru binoculars and can tell you they were undoubtedly Chinese lanterns.

    • Dc51

      Hey Ace I’m very happy to find out that I wasn’t the only one who seemed to seen the strange orange lights in California. I reside in LA county more towards east side of suburb area. It was few months ago on a normal night while smoking a cigarette I noticed weird 6 orange lights on the sky in a line. The sky was clear with minimal cloud and moon was very bright. It looked normal until one by one the lights started to separate and float separately!
      After about 15 minutes, the lights started to disappear one by one until completely.
      I know it was technically very advanced forsure.
      Just wanted to share my own story

  • http://ufo-track.com JohnC

    Some of those lights could be Chinese lanterns, some could be earthquake lights, but it’s easy to jump on any one explanation and say “aha! that must be what they were!” If you watch the videos of the many sightings from New Year’s Eve, many do fit the lantern behavior, but some moved in, hovered, then zoomed off, and some suddenly appeared in the sky without floating up first. (The heating flame is always lit first, to get them off the ground) The point is, there is no one-size-fits-all explanation, and at least some of these sightings have no simple conventional explanation. ufo-track dot com