Go Back Report # 998
04-16-1978

04-16-1978                           Professional Translation       

CISU Case: 244

Location: Al largo tra Patti e Vulcano (ME) [Along the coast between Patti and the Volcano]

Category: D (Navigation aids, or objects standing still on the water surface)

Evaluation: Insufficient information

Original Source: “Gazzetta del Sud” del 17/04/1978; “La Voce di Milazzo” del 17/10/1978; appunti di Pietro Torre.           

Sighting Description: In concomitanza con il violento sisma che, nel cuore della notte fra 15 e 16 aprile 1978 (ore 00:29 e 00:33), scosse l’area dell’intera provincia di Messina, con magnitudo 5,4 ed epicentro in mare al largo nel golfo di Patti, fra Capo Calavà e l’isola di Vulcano, da molte persone dei paesi della costa fu udito un intenso boato e venne osservata “una fiammata in mare”, in prossimità dell’area dell’epicentro. Il fenomeno rientrerebbe nelle cosiddette “luci sismiche”, oggetto di discussione presso gli studiosi, ma frequentemente osservate in connessione ad eventi di notevole intensità. La stessa fiammata fu osservata anche dall’Isola di Panarea.    

Sighting Description: In the middle of the night (at around 12:39 AM to 12:33 AM) an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude shakes the entire province of Messina, its’ epicenter in the waters near the Gulf of Patti between Capo Calavà and Vulcano island. At the same time many inhabitants of the coastal villages heard a loud roar and saw “a flame in the sea” near the epicenter of the quake. The phenomenon was attributed to “seismic lights”, a subject often debated by scholars, but which often occurs in concurrence with events of significant intensity. The same “flame” was also seen from the island of Panarea.                                                                                                

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini. http://www.cisu.org/          

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Europe – Italy, Messina. Body of water is the Tyrrhenian Sea

Patti                             Latitude 38-07-60 N, Longitude 14-58-00 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

Isola di Panarea          Latitude 38-38-00 N, Longitude 15-04-00 E [Island of Panarea]

Reference: http://gnswww.nga.mil/geonames/GNS/index.jsp

Capo Calavà                Latitude 38.1833333 N, Longitude 14.9166667 E (D.%)

Reference: http://www.satelliteviews.net/cgi-bin/w.cgi?c=it&UF=-112519&UN=-174599&DG=CAPE


 



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