A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Turkey today, followed by another earthquake measuring 7.7 shortly after.
At the same time, lightning was seen in the sky. Some of the lightning strikes were captured on video and are now spreading on social media.
The phenomenon of lightning during earthquakes is known as “earthquake lights” (EQL).
Geophysicists are not entirely sure why this happens. Some believe that lightning appears if there is a large fault nearby, while others say it is an electric arc caused by the shaking of electrical wires.
However, there are many who see other causes besides the official ones for the lightning in the sky preceding an earthquake.
Some believe that the flashes of light in the sky are actually aliens who wanted to warn of the catastrophe to come. In any case, the lights in the sky that appeared just before the earthquake remain a mystery to both scientific circles and the general public.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
NOTE: Another interesting fact should be noted: strange cloud formations appeared above Turkey in the days before this devastating earthquake. See article belove:
Residents of the Turkish town are amazed by the unusual appearance in the sky since this morning (VIDEO)
Science behind earthquake lights?
Phenomena such as sheet lightning, balls of light, streamers, and steady glows, reported in association with earthquakes are called earthquake lights (EQL).
Geophysicists differ on the extent to which they think that individual reports of unusual lighting near the time and epicenter of an earthquake actually represent EQL: some doubt that any of the reports constitute solid evidence for EQL, whereas others think that at least some reports plausibly correspond to EQL.
Physics-based hypotheses have been proposed to explain specific classes of EQL reports, such as those in the immediate vicinity of the causative fault at the time of a major earthquake. On the other hand, some reports of EQL have turned out to be associated with electricity arcing from the power lines shaking.