LOOK: Mysterious Red Glow Underneath Pacific Ocean

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A vertical beam of light followed by a glowing Pacific Ocean was captured in these amazing photos as Dutch Pilots traveled between Japan and Alaska.

[testimonial author=”JPC van Heijst”]Last night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career.[/testimonial]

Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst reported on Pbase that after departing from Japan and heading towards Alaska, he saw a bolt of light shoot vertically up from the ground. Thinking it may have just been lightning, JPC van Heijst checked his weather-radar for any storms that may have been in sight but found that there weren’t any in the area.

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It was at this point JPC van Heijst began taking photos using the 10.5mm fisheye (180′ field of view). “About 20 minutes later in flight I noticed a deep red/orange glow appearing ahead of us, and this was a bit strange since there was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below us for hundreds of miles around us.” van Heijst continues, “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.”

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One theory is that the mysterious Red/Orange glow may have been the product of a massive dormant Volcano. Around the Pacific Ocean is a region known as the Ring of Fire, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur that may have been the origin of glow.

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One commentator with the handle “Bruno” stated the world’s LARGEST volcano “Tamu Masif” which is roughly the size of New Mexico was directly underneath where he was flying. Supposedly Tamu Massive has been dormant for millions of years and this may have been the first evidence of any activity. Bruno also states that this even may have possibly been linked to all the recent earthquakes that have been getting reported from all over the world. JPC van Heijst hopes that if a new island forms in the area, it can be named after him.

1 Comment

  1. Tamu Masif (not massive) is not on the flightpath from Japan to Alaska and the peak is over one mile below the surface. It is unlikely any volcanic activity would be visible at that depth. You might fly over it if you were on your way from Tokyo to Honolulu, however.

    There are a number of large seamounts on the way to the Aleutian islands from Japan that come within a few hundred feet of the surface which could potentially be the culprit. Additionally, there is a slight possibility that the light could be created from solar charged particles via an auroreal event at that latitude.

    Cool pics nonetheless!

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