Mystery glow over the Pacific Ocean: the cause may have been an underwater volcano
Pilots left baffled by strange orange and red lights spotted in the dead of night
Strange lights have been spotted near the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. The sighting was made by pilots flying from Hong Kong to Alaska
The glow came about 20 minutes after a vertical lightning bolt was seen. Dutch pilot van Heijst ruled out squid-fishing-boats as the origin
‘Last night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career,’ he said.
There were no thunderstorms on their route or weather-radar, suggesting the lightning did not originate in a storm. The glow is also a mystery; similar lights have been spotted from squid-fishing-boats, but van Heijst says this ‘would not make sense in this area’.
‘The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow, in a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water,’ he continued.
‘The only cause of this red glow that we could think of, was the explosion of a huge volcano just underneath the surface of the ocean, about 30 minutes before we overflew that exact position.’
He was then nervous of encountering an ash-plume in the middle of the night, but fortunately they did not encounter anything of the sort.
Before the flight they had heard via radio about earthquakes in Iceland, Chile and San Francisco.
But despite their being a few volcanoes on their route, they had had not been alerted to any new activity – although this doesn’t necessarily include unseen underwater volcanoes.