Orange light flashing in sky

Orange light flashing in sky

At 8:00 p.m. on June 29, lightning flashes in the sky to the west of Naha. Photograph taken from the Ryukyu Shimpo Office in Naha.

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:00 p.m. on June 29, the Ryukyu Shimpo received information from many readers that “An orange light is flashing in the sky.” People seemed worried as they looked at the light in the sky above U.S. military bases.

However, at 9:00 p.m., the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory identified the orange light as lightning from thunderclouds over the sea about 110 kilometers northwest of Naha. Residents could not hear the thunderclaps so far away from the land, but could see the lightning flashes because of the size of the thunderclouds.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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