30 Mins Before the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China

By: innison

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Uploaded on May 14, 2008 by innison Powered by YouTube

Bizarre colorful (luminous/glowing) cloud phenomenon in the sky was observed about 30 mins before the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake took place. This was recorded in Tianshui, Gansu province ~450km northeast of epicenter, by someone using a cell phone.
source: http://news.qq.com/a/20080513/004283.htm

See similar cloud formation captured 20 minutes later in a different city, ~200km east of this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVamNQzfYA

A map of the locations with sightings of very similar phenomenon.
http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/2453/ecjm1.jpg

More photos taken, reported 1 hr before the quake.:
http://shenyun.epochtimes.com/b5/8/5/14/n2116538.htm

These clouds seemed to be glowing or somewhat luminous and seemed to resemble some characteristics of the Auroras. I am not sure exactly what they were or whether they indeed had anything to do with the quake. I am no expert anyways. See if any scientists are willing to give a full explanation.

If such phenomenon can be proved for its connection with earthquake occurrences, maybe they could be used as warning signs and would be life saving. If not, just learn these clouds as yet another rare atmospheric phenomenon and no need to panic when seeing them.

After all, this might well be just a rare atmospheric phenomenon occurred by coincidence. Though, just wondering if there's any possibility the formation of such rare clouds be catalyzed by any event??

I guess some of you might find the following articles interesting.
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/print/2367
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121124372394605609.html
http://environment.newscientist.com/article/mg19826514.600-curious-clou
For Chinese readers: (about the poem that predicting the quake)
四川強震/李白「壓箱詩」預言? 純屬網路謠言!
http://www.nownews.com/2008/05/21/162-2278152.htm

Tags:
Bizarre, China, Clouds, Earthquakes, Glowing, Luminous, Phenomenon, Sichuan, 四川, 地震雲, 大地震, 天水, 彩雲, 汶川, 甘肅, Science & Tech
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