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Mystery gets murkier over cloud that turned day into night

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 July 2018

No official explanations for darkness over swathes of Yakutia amid conspiracy theories of a UFO, new weapons tests, a meteorite, or pollution from wildfires.

The territory impacted by the mysterious gloom is larger than Italy.

Day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours locals needed torches to see where they were going.

The area hit by the bizarre darkness now appears more extensive than first reported when it was said to have covered Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts of Russia’s coldest region - Yakutia.

Now reports say the sun dimmed in Verkhoyansky too.

The territory impacted by the mysterious gloom is larger than Italy.

The darkness had a ‘yellow’ tinge, or was associated with dust clouds, say various versions.

Some blamed the work of the devil but the main assumption initially was that smoke from raging wildfires in other districts had blotted out the sun.

Yet some official sources have expressed doubts over this theory without explaining what caused the weird phenomenon.

Into this vacuum locals have swapped theories on WhatsApp and other social media over the cause of the darkness like an eclipse - except there wasn’t one.



Another source said: ‘This can only be explained by a UFO.’


A local resident in from Eveno-Bytantaisky said:

‘Messages are going around about about a light flash registered by the US satellites, followed by increase of radioactive level and unusual activity of the  military. 

‘We are never going to be told is this was true or false.’

Another source said: ‘This can only be explained by a UFO.’

An official in Nizhne-Bytantaisky settlement  contradicted residents who had reported a thick layer of dust after the cloud and darkness vanished.

’There was no dust,’ he said.. 

‘At first it looked like it was a strong thunderstorm coming. 

‘The air went dark, and got darker and darker, but this time unlike anything else we have seen before the darkness had a rich yellow undertone. 

‘It was very unusual. 

The sun turned red in Yakutsk because of the wildfires raging in the republic. Picture: @foro_by_oleg7

‘We doubt the solar eclipse version. 

‘Usually weather stations and media inform everyone about eclipses in advance. 

‘And no eclipse can last this long.’

Konstantin Starostin, head of the settlement, said: ‘When the Sun vanished, people started calling us in the administration. 

‘Many got scared, specially elderly people. 

‘People who live here for many years said they had never witnessed anything like this.’ 

‘The darkness was pitch black. 

‘It didn’t come at once, but grew gradually. 

‘The Sun was gone from 11.30 until 14.00 on Friday 20 July.'






‘The air went dark, and got darker and darker, but this time unlike anything else we have seen before the darkness had a rich yellow undertone.'

‘There was no dust. Many were coming outside, so many witnesses can confirm that there was no dust. 

‘There was no sharp decrease in air temperature either as it happened. But on that night the air dropped down to -4C.

‘We don’t know what to think. 

‘We have no experts, and rumours keep growing.

‘If this was linked to some kind of military tests, I would say so.’

The Sun didn’t ‘leave’ all Arctic Yakutia districts. 

Head of Verkhoyansk town Yevgeny Potapov said that ‘the sun didn’t disappear, but something strange happened on that day.’ 

The territory engulfed by the fire this morning was estimated as about 1,200,000 hectares.

'There was something looking like smoke on 20 July. At least this is what we decided. We didn’t have nearby wildfires, but there was one at the border with Eveno-Bytantaisky ulus. 

‘It was as if the day has gone overcast, as if the sun was covered with a cloud, or not a cloud… but there was no rain’, Potapov said. 

‘We didn’t know what was happening to our neighbours’, Potapov added. 

‘We thought stories about no sun were rumours, but then we realised these were not.

‘We are also trying to guess as to what could have this possibly been.’

Yet there has been no clarification from meteorological, defence, or other deferral officials.

‘We get warnings about eclipses,’ he said, indicating there had been no such alert.

‘It could have been a meteorite, but surely not that big.

‘This is really unclear.’

Evidently almost all Arctic districts reported a significant temperature fall.

Comments (23)

Not god. It’s just our daily wobble getting worse. https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/geo/#/animation?satellite=fy2e&end_datetime=latest&n_images=24&coverage=fd&channel=04&image_quality=gif&anim_method=javascript
Bagrman, Oregon USA
25/07/2018 11:15
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Look up the sun simulator. Wormwood has returned and is occasionally blocking most of the sun, so the military placed a solar simulator in deep orbit to collect solar energy and power lamps to illuminate and heat the Earth when Wormwood eclipses the sun. Guess it partially failed this time.
James, Australia
25/07/2018 08:14
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something like this we rule everything out. Then after that, you rules things in, regardless of how controversial they are.
Steve, USA
25/07/2018 07:39
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It's called "smoke"... from an exceptionally massive wildfire. No mystery here. Ask Californians in America how dark it gets out there whenever smoke from a massive wildfire blots out the sun.
Steve Kasian, Claremont, CA, USA
25/07/2018 07:04
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On the basis of what little has been reported (colder than usual ground temperatures in combination with distant wildfires) it suggests an inversion layer had formed with the smoke from those fires becoming trapped within. It'll be enough to block the sun's light to a significant degree.

...and why do these 'mysteries' always bring the weirdo's out?
Butt Face, Earth
25/07/2018 05:02
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And no one collected a sample of the dust to analyze? just panic like cows?

By the way, very funny the comments of the fundamentalists dudes.
I-need-a-new-citizenship (and a brand new name), Somewhere out there
25/07/2018 03:25
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We are in the Sixth Age. God allows these things to happen so that all may start to believe. Why is it so hard to believe in God for some individuals? So, God is sending his warnings. There is not much time left to be saved. The world is full of sin and very little faith. It matters not that you accept these words but only that one turn back to God before it is too late. God help us all to open our eyes. Amen.
Adelaida Hand, United States
25/07/2018 00:07
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itation : "Day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours locals needed torches to see where they were going."



On the Redemptive Cross, the agony of the Lord Jesus Christ began at noon (12H, the 6th hour) until 3 pm (the 9th hour).

And all this time, darkness (miraculous) has invaded the entire surface of the Earth!



Is an Announcement that the Return of the Lord is near ?

Is this the sign that this world that no longer wants the True God and its Word (Catholicism) will begin to truly live its own agony ?
Jean Philippe, France
24/07/2018 23:21
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