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Earthquake in Mexico displays streaks of blue lights in skyline

A strong earthquake struck near Acapulco in south-west Mexico, and the tremor was felt even 200 km away in Mexico City. People ran out and saw spectacular blue lights bursting brilliantly in the skyline. They feared it was apocalypse! Scientists say the phenomenon of earthquake lights happens fairly regularly. The EQL or eruption of the streak of light is caused by the friction of rock near Earth's crust. But not all of science agrees.

MEXICO CITY, Sept 9: A powerful earthquake measuting 7.1 on the Richter scale struck south-west of Mexico on Wednesday, causing widespread shaking in most of the country. One person was killed.

The quake struck near Acapulco in south-west Mexico, creating the phenomenon of transient blue ‘earthquake lights’ (EQL) in the skyline. Spectacular videos of bursts of blue lights seen streaking across the skies were put out on social media by observers.

One person was killed and landslips littered highways, but the temblor didn't cause widespread damage although it was measured as very powerful and felt far and wide.

The quake was felt even 200 km away in Mexico City and lasted nearly a minute. People ran out and saw the blue lights bursting intermittently and brilliantly in the sky.

Scientists said the phenomenon of earthquake lights has been recorded in the past too and occurs fairly regularly. The EQL or eruption of the streak of light is caused by the friction of rock near Earth's crust.

The US Geological Survey said, "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."

One other scientist has a different conclusion: It is due to electrical activity from a rainstorm.

Science doesn't know more!

Meanwhile, as many of Mexico's greatest quakes have hit during the month of September, on Twitter the month is being named "Septiemble."

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