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Strange Glow In North Pacific

By James Donahue

Something strange is happening these days in and around the Siberian Coast. First we had the appearance of giant holes in the earth, as if giant balls of helium were exploding under the melting tundra. Then on about August 25, two pilots flying a 747 from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska, encountered an open sea glowing in bright green, orange and red colors off the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst described the lights as "the creepiest things so far in my flying career."

He said the aircraft had passed over Japan and was south of the Kamchatka Peninsula, flying at night at 34,000 feet when there first appeared ahead of them "an intense light flash" that appeared to shoot light a bolt of lightning directly up from the Earth. There were no reports of storms in the area, and there were no flashes like it before or afterward, just that single "explosion of light.’’

After this there was a strange green glow that could be seen all over the northern sky. "I thought it was sort of a Northern Lights but it was much more dispersed." Van Heijst said he began shooting pictures of the strange night sky.

About 20 minutes later a deep red and orange glow began appearing ahead of the aircraft. "This was a bit strange since there was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below us for hundreds of miles," he said. "The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow."

Van Heijst said it crossed his mind that they might be witnessing the eruption of an underwater volcano and it make him nervous to be flying directly over it. But nothing was sighted in the air to suggest volcanic ash and the aircraft flew over the area without incident.

He said there were no other aircraft or ships operating in the area that night to confirm the sighting, or help explain what it was that he and his co-pilot saw. Thus his only proof is the pictures he snapped from the cockpit of his plane.

And they are spooky enough.

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