‘Apocalypse’ fears as eerie blue lights spotted in sky after Mexican earthquake
Mexicans feared the end was nigh as 'bursts of blue lights' were seen streaking across the skies following a strong earthquake off the country's Pacific coast.
The 7.0-magnitude quake struck the city of Acapulco on Wednesday (Sept 8) killing one person, damaging buildings and causing landslides that covered a major highway.
Reports say there is no widespread damage from the incident but it could be felt some 200 miles away in Mexico City and lasted nearly a minute.
Residents fled into the streets as buildings swayed, sidewalks, as their nerves were further rattled by blue lights, burst appearing n the sky.
Twitter users posted videos of the phenomenon using the hashtag #Apocalipsis, Spanish for the biblical term denoting the end of the world, apocalypse.
However, experts say there is nothing to fear as this natural occurrence is not a sign that doomsday is upon us.
Rutgers University physicist Troy Shinbrot explained that "if it did, the apocalypse would have happened a thousand years ago when this was first discovered" as the fascinating sight has been recorded historically and occurs 'regularly.'
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.
The U.S. Geological Survey website says: "Geophysicists differ on the extent to which they think that individual reports of unusual lighting near the time and epicentre of an earthquake actually represent EQL."
National Autonomous University of Mexico seismologist Victor Manuel Cruz Atienza claims last night's sky was full of a lot of electrical activity from a rainstorm.
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He told NPR: "We can't for sure associate the earthquake with the light show we saw last night, especially given the rainstorm we were experiencing."
Both scientists agree there will likely be more chances to see the blue flashes across Mexico's skies.
More earthquakes are expected to hit the country in September as most of its greatest quakes have hit around that this time of year, including an 8.2-magnitude temblor that struck the state of Oaxaca four years ago on Sept. 7, 2017, and Mexico City's destructive, 8.0 quake on Sept. 19, 1985.
Twitter users have renamed the lights the Septiemble, a combination of "September" and "tremble" in Spanish.
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