Stunning videos show terrified people screaming in the streets and swinging on a cable car in Mexico during a deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake – with the sky lit up blue during a natural disaster that locals have compared to the Apocalypse.
Videos from Tuesday night’s earthquake show rare and terrifying phenomenon natural light show, which many people have shared on Twitter with the hashtag Apocalipsis, Spanish for the biblical term for the end of the world.
Many were taken to Mexico City, much of which lost power in the earthquake that struck more than 200 miles away in the resort town of Acapulco.
One clip even shows people trapped in a spinning cable car as the sky repeatedly lights up around them.
Another excerpt seen over a million times shows people kissing and shouting in the street, as a man struggles to stand even while taking a wide stance. Car alarms sound repeatedly, adding to the feeling of doom.
Video also showed the cloudy night sky lit by lightning as water gushed out of a hillside pool in the town made famous by Hollywood stars in the 1950s.
Residents also showed excerpts from broken ornaments inside houses shaken by the earthquake, as well as broken bottles in a supermarket.
Other images show a seven-story building labeled as being in Mexico City, clearly swaying during the quake, which killed at least one person and damaged buildings, but did not appear to cause widespread destruction, authorities said in early reports.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially measured it at a magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded it to 7.0.
The quake was relatively shallow, just 12 miles below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect, the USGS said.
The strange lights reported during earthquakes around the world are often imbued with religious significance by those who witness them. There is little scientific consensus on what causes brightness, or even if it is an actual phenomenon.
Theories for what researchers call seismic lights (EQLs) include friction between moving rocks creating electrical activity. Similar lights were reported by some people during a destructive earthquake in Mexico in 2017.
Skeptics say witnesses may just see more mundane lightning bolts.
“Geophysicists differ on the extent to which they think individual reports of unusual lighting near the time and epicenter of an earthquake actually represent EQL,” the USGS said on its website.
“Some doubt that any of the reports constitute strong evidence,” the USGS said.
With post wires