March 3, 2002: UFOs or earthquake lights? Debate rages in Turkey.
By Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup Volume 7. http://ufoinfo.com/roundup/v07/rnd0708.shtml
"A powerful earthquake toppled scores of buildings in central Turkey on Sunday," February 3, 2002, "killing at least 42 people, injuring more than 150 and sending terrified residents running from their houses."
The quake came one week after five mysterious lights appeared in the night sky over Adiyaman, a city 300 kilometers (180 miles) southeast of Ankara. The hovering lights were videotaped for nearly six hours by the Turkish Security Directorate. Their presence a week before the big earthquake in Afyun has triggered a sharp debate in Turkey's UFO community.
According to Erol Erkmen of the Turkey UFO and Paranormal Events Research Group (the Turkish acronym is TUVPO--J.T.), "The lights, which are supposed to be alien/UFOs by some New Age groups, were also recorded on video cameras. Scientific studies indicated that some very similar events have been experienced in the region and all of them had the same characteristics."
"All of the places where the lights were observed were located along the active fault line," Erkmen pointed out, "It is proved that the lights, which were first thought to be (the planet) Jupiter, were earthquake lights, or anomalous light phenomena (ALP)."
However, Turkey's Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Center stands by its assertion that the mysterious lights were unidentified flying objects. The group stated, "We repeat that the lights observed in Adiyaman skies could not have been earthquake lights or any other kind of plasma formation created by ionized electrically-charged particles. There is not a single sample of this kind of event in world chronicles, in which earthquake lights were recorded for so long." (About six hours--J.T.)
The center argued that, if the Adiyaman lights seen on the night of January 26 and 27, 2002 were indeed earthquake lights, "this dreadful event (the earthquake) would have occurred in Adiyaman and not in Afyun which is located 700 kilometers (420 miles) away." (Many thanks to Erol Erkmen of TUVPO for the news clips.)
August 6, 2001: Turkish Air Force Pilots Encounter Encounter a UFO
pilots encountered a UFO while flying over the Agean town of Izmir-Candarli.
immediately called the control tower and Regional War Alert Center and
asked them to detect the unusual shape object on their radars. All this
time the object kept flying along the T-37 jet. But the War Alert Center
reported that they couldn't detect a second object different than
Text below from the Turkish Daily Hurriyet.
Turkish Air Force Pilot: Second Lieutenant Ilker Dincer
Other Turkish UFO Stories:
13th, 2001: The Turkish department of religion takes a position in UFO
June 4, 2001:Turkish
Government seals off field where alleged alien life was spotted.
Cam said he threw stones at the creature whom he described as wearing a shiny, yellow-gray outfit which had a yellow light projecting from the front of it. He told Associated Press reporters the being was 60cm/24in tall with a wide, round head, and wide eyes.
Cam said: "It didn’t have wings or propellers but it could fly upward."
Other villagers said they saw strange lights in the area.
On 28 August, 1915 during the final days of severe fighting at Hill 60, Suvla bay, during the Gallipoli campaign, in which the Australians were participating, a most extraordinary event took place.August 28 was a beautiful clear day, but it was observed that six or eight loaf of bread clouds all alike were hovering over Hill 60. These clouds despite a strong breeze did not move. A British regiment, The First Fourth Norfolk, of several hundred men was seen marching up a sunken road towards Hill 60, but one of these clouds was hovering over the road. The regimeent marched into the cloud but did not come out to deploy and fight at Hill 60. After the last file had disappeared into the cloud it unobtrusively moved away and so did the other clouds.
The regiment was posted as missing or wiped out and on Turkey surrendering in 1918 the first thing Britain demanded of Turkey was the return of this regiment. Turkey replied that she had neither captured this regiment nor made contact with it and did not know it existed. A British regiment in 1914-18 consisted of any number between 800 and 4000 men. This is one of the most remarkable and unexplained mysteries of modern times. Was a whole British regiment taken up by a huge UFO hovering in a cloud above the sunken road near Hill 60? If so this must be one of the cases where those taken up in a cloud UFO have not returned.