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Mexicans are frightened by unexplained flashes in the sky

Was it an ordinary thunderstorm or a mysterious anomaly? Or maybe “signs of the apocalypse”, as people hurried to write in social networks?

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A rare phenomenon was observed in Mexico City and Acapulco on the night of Thursday 9 September. At the very moment that a violent earthquake shook Mexico, the sky lit up with strange flashes.

Twitter users have published several dozen videos, united by the common title “Apocalypse”. In social networks, excitement began and questions whether the end of the world had come.

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Mexican Elian Huesca posted a video of a mysterious phenomenon on the Internet. “This is what an earthquake looks like in the sky from the height of the 11th floor,” he tweeted. Throughout the video, you can hear him say “wow” several times.

The epicenter of the earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale was 17 km north-east of the Acapulco resort. Although many buildings were shaking quite a bit, authorities said there was no major damage to the buildings.

However, in addition to the earthquake, people are discussing a strange phenomenon in the sky. The photos and videos show lightning and flashes in the sky over Acapulco, which appeared shortly after the start of the earthquake.

The dark hills behind the bay were lit with flashes, and bright light fell on buildings along the coastline. In eyewitness videos, terrified residents of Mexico City stand on the street away from their homes, and the sky above them turns blue, then pink, then white.

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Reports of mysterious flares during an earthquake are not new in principle. They have been received earlier from different countries of the world.

Many eyewitnesses of this phenomenon associate it “with God’s punishment.” Scientists, however, have not come to a consensus about the causes of the outbursts.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.