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The Radioactive UFO of Maracaibo

Updated on October 30, 2011


The Incident

At first it would appear that our ancient ancestors were visited by aliens.

Then from about 60 years ago, there have been repeated reports of UFOs but what of the time between?

There was at least one incident, as reported in the fairly new 1886 edition of “The Scientific American”. This article would become known as The Maracaibo Letter.

A letter was received from Maracaibo,Venezuela. In this letter is a description of an incident that happened there.

Nine residents were awakened by a bright light outside, they got up and investigated suspecting it may be a fire. What they saw was a bright light in the sky, the likes of which they had never seen before. Believing that this could be the end of days they fell to their knees and prayed.

Ball Lightning

After Effects

According to the magazine, several days after this incident, all the trees in the vicinity of the bright light had died. Also all the witnesses became violently ill, one of the symptoms being inflammation inside the nose.

In 1886, no one referred to this as a UFO, which at that time was an unheard of phenomenon and science fiction novels were not yet in wide circulation.

With the knowledge of science that we have today, we know that radiation could account for the trees dying and the symptoms of the sickness described, match perfectly with that of radiation poisoning.

Although not called it, was it in fact a UFO sighting?

Some have said that it could have been ball lightning and others have said it could have been the planet Venus, bright in the night sky. Neither of these explanations though, would account for the radiation sickness.

I do not know as to whether or not this was a UFO but it is certainly a documented, unexplained mystery, one that must be filed along with so many others until perhaps the day comes when we can unlock their secrets.


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      Mikhail Shmatov 

      10 years ago

      The Maracaibo accident can be explained as the effect of ball lightning. Several reports allow us to assume that some ball lightning can cause radiation sickness.

    • rafken profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      mib - That is the point. Just as the Spanish took new diseases to the Americas wiping out many Indians, what sort of new dangers could aliens bring, even if unintentional? That is why Governments should give full disclosure in these matters. It is not just a political matter, it is a concern of humanity.

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      10 years ago

      Hi rafken! UM ... if it's radioactive shouldn't we be concerned?


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