Luminous precursors of the 1995 kobe earthquake
In the same collection of clippings from Japan that yielded the biological precursors were several accounts of earthquake lights (EQLs).
- Some residents of Kobe and nearby cities saw aurora-like phenomena in the sky just before and after the quake.
- A Kobe firefighter observed a bluish-orange light above a shaking road that lasted about 4 seconds.
- A hotel employee on his way to work on Rokko mountain: "saw a flash running from east to west about two to three meters above the ground shortly after the quake. The orange flash was framed in white."
- Flashes of light were widely observed.
(Shimbun, Yomiuri; "'Aurora' Flashes Observed before, after, Quake," The Daily Yomiuri, February 9, 1995. Cr. N. Masuya)
From Science Frontiers #99, MAY-JUN 1995. © 1995-2000 William R. Corliss