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    More: Scary, Earthquake, Mexico, Light, Rutgers University physicist Troy Shinbrot, spectacular videos of bursts of blue lights, Twitter users, roll of adhesive tape, Mexico City  
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2021-09-09 11:04:26 AM  
Something odd is going on there.
 
2021-09-09 11:17:35 AM  
Okay... First I accessed the secret military spy satellite that is in geosynchronous orbit over the Midwest. Then I ID'ed the limo by the vanity plate "MR. BIGGG" and got his approximate position. Then I repositioned the transmission dish on the remote truck to 17.32 degrees east, hit WESTAR-4 over the Atlantic, bounced the signal down into the Azores, up to COMSAT-6, beamed it back to SATCOM-3 transponder number 137 and down on the reflective dish on the back of Mr. Big's limo. It was almost too easy.
 
2021-09-09 12:09:18 PM  
First Came A Quake In Mexico, Then Strange Blue Lights. People Stupid Religious Dummies Feared The Apocalypse...
 
2021-09-09 12:11:07 PM  
Absolutely no way those flashes are power lines swaying and arcing, nope, no sir, must be something scary and unknown.
 
2021-09-09 12:11:11 PM  
Some scientists believe the eruption of light, or luminosity, is caused by the friction of rock near Earth's crust, which releases energy into the atmosphere. The flash of light is produced near the planet's surface.

That is weird. But when I watched the video, that's what it looked like. Like bursts of light coming out of the ground.
 
2021-09-09 12:12:02 PM  
Correct me if I'm wrong, but all those lights seem to be coming from ground level
 
2021-09-09 12:12:08 PM  
Thanks for the insanly shiatty audio warning subby.
 
2021-09-09 12:12:25 PM  
I remember the Northridge earthquake in 1994 being very eerie when the transformers were shorting out and flashing colorful lights outside.
 
2021-09-09 12:16:41 PM  

dothemath: Stupid Religious Dummies Feared The Apocalypse...


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2021-09-09 12:17:35 PM  

kdawg7736: Something odd is going on there.


Yeah, you wouldnt think there would be that many 15 year old Mexican girls birthday parties happening at the same time.
 
2021-09-09 12:20:24 PM  

dothemath: kdawg7736: Something odd is going on there.

Yeah, you wouldnt think there would be that many 15 year old Mexican girls birthday parties happening at the same time.


I can smell the tequila puke from here.
 
2021-09-09 12:20:26 PM  
FTA: "He urges the scientifically curious to take a roll of adhesive tape into a dark closet and quickly peel back a strip. Shinbrot says a glow of light will be emitted. But he cautions not to relate 'earthquake lights,' or EQL, and the adhesive tape experiment too closely, since there is still a lot scientists don't know."

If you want to understand how this works, try this experiment!  But, also, don't.  Because this experiment has nothing whatsoever to do with what we're talking about.
 
2021-09-09 12:21:57 PM  
It's either the matrix rebooting or the corpse of those murdered by Cortez being reborn.
 
2021-09-09 12:23:42 PM  
So despite cities' having been electrified for a century or more, apparently Mexico City is still completely mystified by electricity and what it does when its infrastructure is damaged.

This phenomenon isn't an actual mystery.

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2021-09-09 12:23:47 PM  

dothemath: 15 year old Mexican girls birthday parties


I'm impressed by your efforts made to avoid typing Quinceanera.
 
2021-09-09 12:24:45 PM  
Earthquake lights are a thing. But religious nuts will crack under any situation unexplainable by their current knowledge.

Both are fun to observe though.
 
2021-09-09 12:25:20 PM  

TomDooley: dothemath: 15 year old Mexican girls birthday parties

I'm impressed by your efforts made to avoid typing Quinceanera.


I would have had to explain it eventually.
 
2021-09-09 12:27:00 PM  

tuxq: religious nuts will crack under any situation unexplainable by their current knowledge.


I dont remember any blue strobe lights in the bible.
 
2021-09-09 12:27:02 PM  
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2021-09-09 12:28:03 PM  
I never understood the fear of apocalypse. If you believe in such a thing, and a God who grants salvation, shouldn't you welcome such a thing? The game is over, you did as well as you could to be welcomed in the afterlife you were promised. It's like these people they portray running on global catastrophe movies ala Independence Day Rebooted, why the fark are you running. You're gonna die, why die tired.
 
2021-09-09 12:28:16 PM  
It's piezoelectricity from quartz-bearing rocks becoming stressed.  Same effect that makes your clicky-Bic lighter spark, or your gas grill.

I worked for an acoustic sensor company that used this principle.  Pretty cool stuff.
 
2021-09-09 12:30:26 PM  
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2021-09-09 12:31:38 PM  
An earthquake, followed by 'strange blue lights'?

I'm wondering if maybe this was a case of naturally occurring piezoelectric plasma.

In an earthquake, you have rock moving and exerting pressure on other rock, dynamically, not stable like when the rock is not moving.  It's not unreasonable to think that the rock might have pockets of quartz or some other crystalline minerals.

If there was a piezoelectric effect present from crystals under pressure, it's possible that the 'strange blue lights' might have been plasmas resulting from loose electricity and air.

Not saying this is the case all the time, but some 'UFO' cases might be such, which would account for the 'fuzzy, out of focus' appearance people tend to associate with these things.

Wish there was a way to put some decent instrumentation on these phenomena to settle the question.
 
2021-09-09 12:33:13 PM  

patowen: It's piezoelectricity from quartz-bearing rocks becoming stressed.  Same effect that makes your clicky-Bic lighter spark, or your gas grill.

I worked for an acoustic sensor company that used this principle.  Pretty cool stuff.


Oh, good - it's not just me.  Someone else has heard of this.  ;-)
 
2021-09-09 12:33:47 PM  

patowen: It's piezoelectricity from quartz-bearing rocks becoming stressed.  Same effect that makes your clicky-Bic lighter spark, or your gas grill.

I worked for an acoustic sensor company that used this principle.  Pretty cool stuff.


Today I learned that my gas grill runs on earthquakes.  Science really is amazing.
 
2021-09-09 12:35:59 PM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: FTA: "He urges the scientifically curious to take a roll of adhesive tape into a dark closet and quickly peel back a strip. Shinbrot says a glow of light will be emitted. But he cautions not to relate 'earthquake lights,' or EQL, and the adhesive tape experiment too closely, since there is still a lot scientists don't know."

If you want to understand how this works, try this experiment!  But, also, don't.  Because this experiment has nothing whatsoever to do with what we're talking about.


Try crunching a Wintergreen Life Saver in total darkness, instead.  I've been told it produces small flashes of light.
 
2021-09-09 12:37:02 PM  

dothemath: tuxq: religious nuts will crack under any situation unexplainable by their current knowledge.

I dont remember any blue strobe lights in the bible.


The Book of Molly:

And the Lord unleashed a savage beat, and the angels pulsed with holy fire, and the posers were driven from the most biatchin of raves
 
2021-09-09 12:39:23 PM  
And THEN, this happened to this area https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=​SemmZy​crD-Y
 
2021-09-09 12:40:36 PM  

cryinoutloud: Some scientists believe the eruption of light, or luminosity, is caused by the friction of rock near Earth's crust, which releases energy into the atmosphere. The flash of light is produced near the planet's surface.

That is weird. But when I watched the video, that's what it looked like. Like bursts of light coming out of the ground.


Yeah, if this *is* a case of piezoelectric plasma, you'd expect it to come up from ground level.

And since the plasma is electrically charged, and has negligible mass, they'd tend to move in response to electromagnetic fields, like incipient lightning clouds or fields from the stressed crystalline minerals underground.  So you get a big ol' glowing UFO silently zipping around the sky.
 
2021-09-09 12:44:10 PM  
Much as I would love aliens or gates of hell unleashing the undead to finally bring about humanity's deserved end, I've heard about earthquake's putting off lights before but never seen video.

Can you imagine seeing that shiat a thousand years ago? Earth starts rattling and then blue light shoots into the sky? Damn nature - you scary. It's no wonder we made up so many weird explanations for things.
 
2021-09-09 12:50:38 PM  
Obviously the Daleks are invading.
 
2021-09-09 12:53:22 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: FTA: "He urges the scientifically curious to take a roll of adhesive tape into a dark closet and quickly peel back a strip. Shinbrot says a glow of light will be emitted. But he cautions not to relate 'earthquake lights,' or EQL, and the adhesive tape experiment too closely, since there is still a lot scientists don't know."

If you want to understand how this works, try this experiment!  But, also, don't.  Because this experiment has nothing whatsoever to do with what we're talking about.

Try crunching a Wintergreen Life Saver in total darkness, instead.  I've been told it produces small flashes of light.


Mythbusters proved it did. It was a mini-myth. I forget which episode.
 
2021-09-09 12:53:49 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yeah, if this *is* a case of piezoelectric plasma, you'd expect it to come up from ground level.
And since the plasma is electrically charged, and has negligible mass, they'd tend to move in response to electromagnetic fields, like incipient lightning clouds or fields from the stressed crystalline minerals underground.  So you get a big ol' glowing UFO silently zipping around the sky.


I don't know about piezoelectric stuff, but I know how you make sparks on a rock.
Swamp gas is real too. It's just very weird.
 
2021-09-09 12:57:48 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Absolutely no way those flashes are power lines swaying and arcing, nope, no sir, must be something scary and unknown.


Electric arcs from damaged transformers was my first thought, but then the headline would be "Exploding Transformers Light Up Night Sky."  Unless reports of transformer failures are being suppressed, it does appear to be a natural phenomenon.  Not particularly scary though.  I do wonder why they always are off on the horizon -- you would think that someone a little closer might have had a cell phone.
 
2021-09-09 12:59:36 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: FTA: "He urges the scientifically curious to take a roll of adhesive tape into a dark closet and quickly peel back a strip. Shinbrot says a glow of light will be emitted. But he cautions not to relate 'earthquake lights,' or EQL, and the adhesive tape experiment too closely, since there is still a lot scientists don't know."

If you want to understand how this works, try this experiment!  But, also, don't.  Because this experiment has nothing whatsoever to do with what we're talking about.

Try crunching a Wintergreen Life Saver in total darkness, instead.  I've been told it produces small flashes of light.


It does.
 
2021-09-09 1:02:14 PM  
Shadowrun is happening?

Just...please? I'd prefer that, frankly.
 
2021-09-09 1:09:16 PM  
Goes to show we aren't that far from the caves we used to hide in. There's a shiat ton of phenomena that we don't understand, some of which could lead to free energy, flying cars and crispy bacon from your smartphone. I for one think the compression of quartz beds could produce all kinds of eerie crap, including roaming cones of light and ball lightning, like the kind that used to haunt the fields behind my childhood home. The local kids were sure there was a native burial ground there and were just waiting for the Mystery Machine to appear.
 
2021-09-09 1:09:18 PM  
Wouldn't that be El Apocalypse?
 
2021-09-09 1:24:38 PM  
This is why people need proper education and not religious indoctrination.
 
2021-09-09 1:37:58 PM  

kdawg7736: Something odd is going on there.


Nahh its normal with earthquakes
 
2021-09-09 1:39:39 PM  

cryinoutloud: Some scientists believe the eruption of light, or luminosity, is caused by the friction of rock near Earth's crust, which releases energy into the atmosphere. The flash of light is produced near the planet's surface.

That is weird. But when I watched the video, that's what it looked like. Like bursts of light coming out of the ground.


Thats because thats what it is. Its caused by friction in the earths crust causing electrical discharge. Its quite normal.
 
2021-09-09 1:43:20 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: patowen: It's piezoelectricity from quartz-bearing rocks becoming stressed.  Same effect that makes your clicky-Bic lighter spark, or your gas grill.

I worked for an acoustic sensor company that used this principle.  Pretty cool stuff.

Oh, good - it's not just me.  Someone else has heard of this.  ;-)


Anyone who read down in the article would have heard of this since its mentioned in there hahaha.
 
2021-09-09 3:01:57 PM  

wildcardjack: I never understood the fear of apocalypse. If you believe in such a thing, and a God who grants salvation, shouldn't you welcome such a thing? The game is over, you did as well as you could to be welcomed in the afterlife you were promised. It's like these people they portray running on global catastrophe movies ala Independence Day Rebooted, why the fark are you running. You're gonna die, why die tired.


Because they don't believe. Pascal's wager and all that.
 
2021-09-09 3:08:25 PM  

Netrngr: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Oh, good - it's not just me.  Someone else has heard of this.  ;-)
Anyone who read down in the article would have heard of this since its mentioned in there hahaha.


I know. That's why I mentioned it. Haha
 
2021-09-09 4:28:08 PM  

dothemath: First Came A Quake In Mexico, Then Strange Blue Lights. People Stupid Religious Dummies Feared The Apocalypse...


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2021-09-09 8:23:43 PM  

LoneCoon: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: FTA: "He urges the scientifically curious to take a roll of adhesive tape into a dark closet and quickly peel back a strip. Shinbrot says a glow of light will be emitted. But he cautions not to relate 'earthquake lights,' or EQL, and the adhesive tape experiment too closely, since there is still a lot scientists don't know."

If you want to understand how this works, try this experiment!  But, also, don't.  Because this experiment has nothing whatsoever to do with what we're talking about.

Try crunching a Wintergreen Life Saver in total darkness, instead.  I've been told it produces small flashes of light.

Mythbusters proved it did. It was a mini-myth. I forget which episode.


This definitely happens. I have done it a hundred times or thereabouts. It is .. um... a fun thing to do with pretty girls in darkened bathrooms.

And you can probably imagine that it leads pretty naturally to other fun things to do in darkened bathrooms.

/ Why yes, that IS a roll of lifesavers in my pocket and yes, I am glad to see you.
 
2021-09-09 8:27:55 PM  
I was watching Bridge on the River Kwai in April of 2011 when we had a 7.2 or something aftershock. I suppose it was 10 pm ish. I looked out my window and saw a substation go bright blue and stay that way for a second or two. The cloud cover reflected and diffused the light, so it really made the whole sky light up for probably 50 miles in every direction.

That is probably what happened. Clouds can magnify the effect, but it is a very very bright light.

Incidentally, that was the last time power has gone out in our area. We have not had a single power interruption since.
 
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