The sizable November 21st earthquake in Fukushima, Japan brought with it a tsunami warning, as well as something a bit more unexpected. A teenager known only as “Asuka” caught what looks to be a meteorite ripping through the sky on a cell phone camera, just moments after the 7.4 earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima.
According to the cryptic video description on the 16-year-old school girl’s social media account, she took the bright light as an apocalyptic sign. A rough translation of what she wrote alongside the upload states:
A movie I took while preparing to die. Thought it was a meteorite because there was an earthquake earlier. It is not a meteorite.
At this time, the girl’s words have not been substantiated either way. While some experts think that this occurrence could have been a coincidental atmospheric reaction, there are some Internet conspiracy theorists who think that the flying fireball could be anything from a UFO to a Russian military test on “chemtrails”.
Interestingly enough, on Halloween of this year, video of a brighter-than-normal meteor, otherwise known as a fireball, surfaced from the town of Niigata in northern Japan. That event was validated by astronomers and looks to be quite similar to the object shown in the video shot by the teenaged girl earlier this week.
Japan’s Recent Earthquakes
The early morning tremor opened up old wounds for Japanese people who had endured the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011, which was centered in the very same region. That quake transformed sparked a powerful tsunami that killed an estimated 18,000 people and contributed to the frightening meltdown of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant.
The clean-up and radiation fears from that incident still go on to this day. Though there was initial concern regarding the plant’s current state after Monday’s earthquake, preliminary checks have shown that the building has not sustained further damage.
Powerful Meteor Showers
Though there is no direct correlation between earthquakes and the appearance of meteors, there have been instances of meteor blasts so strong that they resemble a quake.
Most recently, in February of 2013 a meteor explosion which occurred in the skies above Russia prompted a blast that set off a magnitude 2.7 quake.
In 1908, a meteor shower centered in Tunguska, Siberia, Russia famously rattled the ground so hard that it was recorded as a 5.0 tremor. The odd occurrence also ended up flattening almost 80 million trees.