By IIkka Serra
(MUFON Representative for Finland)
This is the most significant case in the history of UFO Research of Finland. It involves a strange fragment that fell from a UFO on to Kallavesi Lake in August 1964. The event was witnessed by Mr. Raimo Blomqvist (43) of Kuopio. The fragment has been studied both in Finland and in Sweden, at two universities, at four metallurgic laboratories, etc. A huge amount of documents has been accumulated: about a hundred photographs, electron microscope analyses, interview tapes, X-ray analysis papers, personality ratings, etc. So far every piece of information has supported Mr. Blomqvist's story. We don't know of any natural objects or machines that the fragment could have originated from.
It was a Saturday afternoon in August 1964 (the last or second to last Saturday in August) that Mr. Blomqvist and his family drove to their summer house. It was cloudy but warm. There were no winds over the Kallavesi Lake. After having chopped wood for the sauna, Mr. Blomqvist went for a walk on the shores of the lake. He had a strange feeling that something special was about to happen, but he couldn't figure out what it might be. He stood on the cliff for a while, and at about 7 p.m. he saw a light in the NE. The light grew in size and Mr. Blomqvist realized that it was approaching him.
The silent UFO stopped at a distance of 10 meters from the witness and hovered a couple of meters above the water. Mr. Blomqvist was surprised and excited, but not afraid. He felt a "'force field" around himself. The UFO was multicolored, oval in shape, and surrounded by a hazy light. The left edge of the object was bent upwards as if the UFO had collided with something. The light was relatively bright, but no reflections were seen on the water. There was a vibrating movement on the water directly below the UFO. The object was three or four meters in diameter and a couple of meters high.
After 20 seconds of hovering, a small fragment fell from the UFO to the shallow water. A hissing sound could be heard when it hit the water. The fragment looked as bright as a welding light before it landed. Now the yellow, green, and orange color stripes on the UFO began to glow brightly and the UFO zoomed into the clouds within a second. The speed was enormous since the clouds were at an altitude of 300 meters.
Now Mr. Blomqvist wanted to find out what had fallen to the water. The water was only 20 centimeters deep at the site of the incident. It was easy for the witness to find the fragment since it differed from the surroundings. He picked it up and put it into his pocket. He didn't say anything about the incident to his family. In February 1975, Mr. Blomqvist met some UFO research people at Turku and so the case was finally made public.
One of the UFO research people, Mr. Mikko Toivola, took the fragment to Åbo Akademi University where an X-ray analysis was performed. Professor Edelman stated that material of this sort could be found close to active volcanoes, but only at a couple of locations in the world. The fragment is definitely not a geological entity, continued Professor Edelman. An expert on meteoroids, Professor Papunen at Turku University, stated that the fragment is not a meteoroid. As far as iron is concerned it could be an iron meteoroid, but the amount of other substances does not support the meteoroid theory, and the fragment contains some substances that have never been found in meteors.
The fragment was 36 millimeters long before it was cut up for studies. It was 6 millimeters thick, weighed 15 grams, and had a density of 4 kg/dm3. The fragment was not radioactive, but it was magnetic. There were five layers of material. In the middle there was a 2.5 millimeter thick layer of light-colored metallic iron. On both sides of the middle layer there were dark grey layers and 0.5 millimeter thick light grey layers. The thickness of the layers varied.
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Fragment from UFO in Finland
According to an expert on metal studies, engineer Olavi Kiviniemi, the contents of the fragment were as follows:
The middle layer: Mostly Fe and O (The contents were analyzed by mass spectrometer.)
0.3% Si, V, Ti
0.1% P, Na
0.03% Cr, W, K
Other layers: Mostly Fe and O
0.3% Si, P, K
0.2% Cu, Zn
0.1% Mg, Na
0.03% Ca, La, Ce, Nd
Apparatus like mass spectrometer and scanning electron microscope were used to perform the studies. The fragment is not a piece of ore, not of volcanic origin, not a meteoroid, and not a piece of any known machine. However, nothing supernatural has been found either. The fragment has probably been affected by a very high temperature around 650 degrees Celsius. Substances like carbon and sulphur have practically disappeared, if they ever existed. The high temperature has radically reduced the amount of clues about the origins of the fragment. However, the UFO Research of Finland will continue to study the case.
Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #122, January 1978, pp. 6-7.
UFOCAT PRN 103847 [DOS: 08-LL-1964]
UFOCAT URN 103847 APRO Bulletin, December 1977, p. 1
UFOCAT URN 109552 MUFON UFO Journal, #122, January 1978, pp. 6-7
UFOCAT URN 118493 World Atlas of UFOs by John Spencer, p. 089, © 1992
UFOCAT PRN 103847 [DOS: 08-22-1964]
UFOCAT URN 175010 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06582, © 2002
Kallavesi Latitude 62-50-00 N, Longitude 027-45-00 E (D-S-M) [lake]
Kuopio Latitude 62-54-00 N, Longitude 027-41-00 E [seat of a 1st order admn. div.]
Turku Latitude 60-27-00 N, Longitude 022-17-00 E [University + 1st order admn. div.]
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