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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 4, Number 25

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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 4, Number 25


UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 4, Number 25
October 14, 1999
Editor: Joseph Trainor

NEW RADIATION LEAK AT PLANT IN SOUTH KOREA

Less than a week after Japan's worst nuclear accident at
Tokaimura, a new nuclear mishap occurred in South Korea.

On Tuesday, October 5, 1999, workers at a nuclear power plant in
Wolsung, South Korea were repairing a cooling water pump when
the pump began gushing radioactive water.

"At least 22 people were exposed to low-level radiation after
radioactive water leaked at a South Korean power plant Tuesday,
officials said."

""The incident came five days after a major nuclear leak in
Japan, which prompted a flurry of safety checks at South Korean
plants...This was the first reported leak of radioactive
material at a power plant in South Korea."

"South Korea has 14 nuclear power plants, which provide 40
percent of the electricity in the nation of 44 million."

Wolsung is located 304 kilometers (190 miles) southeast of
Seoul.  (See USA Today for October 6, 1999, "S. Koreans exposed
to radiation at power plant," page 12A.)


TOKAIMURA LEADS TO NEW SAFETY CHECKS

"Investigators probed Japan's worst-ever nuclear accident,
focusing on a series of irregularities and missteps that led to
and exacerbated last week's release of radiation."

The accident took place when workers at the JCO Company plant in
Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan accidentally poured too
much uranium oxide into a stainless steel container, setting off
a nuclear chain reaction.  Japanese police and military imposed
a 10-kilometer "off-limits zone" around the town, effectively
quarantining 330,000 people.

"The (Japanese) government also widened its scrutiny of the
country's nuclear facilities, issuing notice that the operating
procedures of all nuclear power companies will be up for
appraisal."

"Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, chairing a meeting of the
government task force on the accident, ordered emergency safety
checks at all facilities in Japan handling nuclear fuel.  The
Science and Technology Agency also plans to search the offices
of 20 nuclear facilities."  (See USA Today for October 5, 1999,
"Japan Nuclear Accident.")

UFO Roundup has learned more about the Japanese military's
efforts to respond to the nuclear accident at Tokaimura.  The
response "was the fastest in the (50-year) history of the Japan
Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF)."

According to Sankei news service, the JGSDF Chemical Warfare
Response Team entered the JCO factory in a specially-
constructed "protective vehicle," a kind of modified Armored
Fighting Vehicle (AFV) like the USA's M2 Bradley

The vehicle "was effective against alpha and beta radiation" but
was unable to offer the team protection against neutrons and
high-energy gamma radiation.  As a result, the "off-limits zone"
was extended out to 10 kilometers.

The JGSDF also requested "complete protective suits" from the
USA Embassy. "They were told that a complete protective suit
does not exist."

The JGSDF has now embarked on a crash program to develop just
such a protective "moon suit" for use by its forces. (Domo
arigato to Miyuki Tamura, UFO Roundup's correspondent in Japan,
for the Sankei report.)


UFO FLAP ERUPTS IN NORTHERN ITALY

On Thursday, September 30, 1999, at 10:40 p.m., pedestrians in
the Centrocette section of Rome, Italy's capital, spotted a
strange bright object in the sky.

According to Aurelio Nicolazzo of Centro Ufologico Nazionale
d'Italia, the UFO "was represented as a comet with a short body,
very brilliant but small.  It moved in a westerly direction at a
low angle and at an unusual speed.  It first appeared as a point
high in the sky" and was in view until right after 11 p.m.

Earlier that evening, a motorist returning home to Verona from
work spotted "a strange luminous object high in the air" over
Mantova.

The UFO "was at 1,400 meters (4,620 feet) and fluttering in the
air.  The object had a triangular shape and was composed of two
colors, one a shade of silver, the other leaning a little
towards greenish-yellow.  The object remained in view for 15 to
20 seconds.  The OVNI (Italian acronym for UFO--J.T.) was at a
distance of one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the motorist."

Mantova is 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Milano
(Milan).

On Sunday, October 3, 1999, "an OVNI with a red and violet
contrail" was seen over Scanno, a small town on the Adriatic Sea
near Pescara, about 210 kilometers (125 miles) east of Rome,
"drawing the curiosity of dozens of people.  Most saw it as a
point of molten luminous glow in the upper sky."  (See the
Italian newspaper Il Centro for October 4, 1999.  Grazie a
Alfredo Lissoni e Massimo Marasi di CUN-Parma per questo
rapporto.) (Editor's Comment: "Red and violet contrail," eh?
This could be Italy's first sighting of those mysterious
chemtrails.)


UFO SQUADRON SEEN EAST OF MELBOURNE

On Saturday, October 2, 1999, at 7 p.m., residents of Ferntree
Gully, Victoria state, Australia, a suburb just east of
Melbourne, "report sighting six or seven lights, slow- moving
orange fireballs," passing overhead from south to north.

"At first respondents reported sighting a group of five
illuminations about 1,500 to 2,000 feet up, slowly heading away.
The illuminations did not flicker and were very high, with a
huge glow, passing under the local hills horizon.  A second
group followed."

The weather in eastern Australia that evening, from Tasmania to
northern Queensland, consisted of heavy to light fog.  (Many
thanks to Australian ufologist Ross Dowe for this report.)


MORE UFOs SPOTTED IN DANDRIDGE, TENNESSEE

More UFOs were seen in Dandridge, Tennessee (population 1,540)
last week, but the current flap came to an abrupt end on
Saturday night, October 9, 1999.

Eyewitness Patricia G. reported, "What we have been seeing
(every night) is simply a pulsating white light with
bluish-green and red lights blinking within it.  Most times the
blinking can be seen with the naked eye.  The objects were oval
and sometimes stayed in place for a few hours.  I have seen it
at 8:30 p.m. and at 2 o'clock in the morning."

"Sometimes there are many of them scattered throughout the sky.
We have counted up to six one evening.  We have watched these
things through two telescopes, each with a tripod. We just refer
to them as 'the guys in the sky.' I am really a bit tired of
this."

On Sunday, Patricia reported that the nightly visitations had
ended the previous midnight.

Another eyewitness, Angela T., age 20, who lives in Jefferson
City, Tennessee (population 5,494), reported a strange UFO
incident that took place in July 1999.

"One evening in July, I was coming home from school," Angela
reported, "I go to school at night, get out at 10 p.m.  I live
about 25 to 30 miles from school.  I left college at 10:07 p.m.
I remember that distinctly because I looked at my watch before I
left to get into my car, thinking it will take me about a
half-hour (30 minutes) to get home."

"On my way home this Thursday night, on Dumplin Valley Road, I
saw this bright white light rise from the left side of my car
and go right over the top of me.  It moved swiftly to the right
and disappeared into the sky.  It seemed very close to me and
was very bright."

"When I came home, nearly in a panic, and told my husband, I
froze when I looked at the clock.  It said 10:15 p.m.  There's
no possible way that I came home in (only) eight minutes.  It
was very odd."  (Email Interviews)

Dandridge is 23 miles (36 kilometers) east of Knoxville,
Tennessee.  Jefferson City is on Highway 11 about 24 miles (38
kilometers) northeast of Knoxville and 9 miles (14 kilometers)
north of Dandridge.

(Editor's Comment: I've heard of "missing time" before, but this
is the first case of "accelerated time" I've ever reviewed.  Nor
are these the only strange doings in the Knoxville area.  Read
on.)


BRIGHT UFO SEEN IN EASTERN KENTUCKY

On Sunday, October 3, 1999, at 8:46 p.m., Ray Lynch was in the
town of Middlesboro, Kentucky (population 11,328) when he saw a
UFO.

"I was standing in the field across the street, looking into the
sky when I saw it," Ray reported.  "An oval-shaped object moved
across the sky.  It must have been going no more than 40 miles
per hour (64 kilometers per hour).  It had brightly colored
lights and looked to be spinning.  It looked like the shape was
changing as it moved across the sky. Then it split into three
ships.  It was heading south by southeast (towards
Knoxville--J.T.).  It looked to be about (at an altitude of) 130
feet high and moved at about 40 miles per hour."

Middlesboro is on Highway 74 just north of the Tennessee state
line and 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Knoxville. (Email
Form Report)


UFO SEEN TWICE OVER WICHITA, KANSAS

On Thursday, September 30, 1999, at 7:15 p.m., Bob V. was
driving on Kellogg Street, a.k.a. Highway 54, in Wichita
(population 304,011), the largest city in Kansas, when he
spotted a UFO.

"I was traveling west when I spotted a huge bright object in the
western sky.  It was not any plane.  It was moving towards the
south or the southwest, and upwards."

Bob saw the same UFO again on Monday, October 4, 1999 at about
7:30 p.m. This time, he added, "the object appeared to be very
large and illuminated.  The shape was difficult to make out, but
it seemed like a large boat or ship.  The object appeared to be
heading towards the west/southwest and was in my view for 15 to
20 seconds.  This was definitely something other than a regular
aircraft."  (Email Interview)

Wichita is on Interstate Highway I-235, approximately 140 miles
(204 kilometers) southwest of Topeka, the state capital.


UFO PHOTOGRAPHED IN NORWAY DURING THE 1954 ECLIPSE

The UFOs photographed and videotaped in the UK and France during
the August 11, 1999 eclipse are not the first of their kind. A
UFO was photographed in Norway during the total eclipse of July
1, 1954.

Norwegian scientists were flying in a rented airliner at an
altitude of 13,000 feet, over the Hardangervidde National Park
240 kilometers (150 miles) west of Oslo, the national capital.

As the eclipse reached totality, "a photographer named Bjornulf
took a 35mm color film from the window of the cabin, as did two
other cameramen."

"When the pictures were processed, all the photographers were
surprised to see in the center, below the solar corona, an oval
glowing white disc standing out against the blackness of the
sky.  The disc moved rapidly across the skyline."  (See the
Norwegian newspaper Fremtiden Drammen for July 2, 1954.)


Y2K: DEFENSE CHIEF SETS UP NEW MILITARY COMMAND

On Thursday, October 7, 1999, USA Defense Secretary William
Cohen "established a new military command here (in Norfolk,
Virginia)... that will direct troops and equipment in response
to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil."

"The (USA) military must 'deal with the threats we are most
likely to face,' Cohen said, brushing aside concerns about
federal troops operating at home.  'The American people should
not be concerned about it.  They should welcome it.'"

"Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton joined
Cohen at ceremonies establishing U.S. Joint Forces Command and
retiring the U.S. Atlantic Command.  The new command will make
sure U.S. troops are prepared to fight abroad or to respond if
terrorists strike with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons."

"Federal troops have been legally barred since 1878 (by the
Posse Comitatus Act--J.T.) from taking part in domestic law
enforcement. Only the National Guard of the state and
territorial governors, performs those tasks when local
authorities are overwhelmed.  But terrorist incidents in recent
years, including the release of poison gas in the Tokyo subway
and the World Trade Center bombing (in New York City--J.T.) have
prompted Congress and the Clinton administration to ease some
restrictions."

"Only the military has enough equipment to operate in a poisoned
environment or manage a massive decontamination effort.  Cohen
said federal law will not be violated because the military would
only respond if requested. 'It is subordinate to civilian
control,' he said."

"Military involvement in domestic issues has not always gone
smoothly.  Marines beefing up patrols along the border with
Mexico mistakenly shot and killed an 18-year-old gost herder in
1997.  That force has since been withdrawn.  And questions
remain regarding the presence of the military's Delta Force
during the deadly 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in
(Waco) Texas."

"'We should keep scenes from movies like The Siege and Enemy of
the State in the theaters, not on the streets,' said Gregory
Nojeim, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties
Union."  (See USA Today for October 8, 1999, "Military chiefs
set up command to address U.S. terrorist threats.") (Editor's
Comment:Since the last terrorist attack was the Oklahoma City
bombing four years ago, I wonder what the new JOINTFOR is all
about.  I see two possibilities.  Either there is an imminent
terrorist threat the Clinton administration is not discussing
with the public.  Or the new command may be part of Operation
Abacus, the planned NATO military response to civil unrest
caused by the Y2K computer crisis.)


from the UFO Files...

1912: YOWIE SIGHTED IN NEW SOUTH WALES

The southeastern tip of New South Wales, near Bombala, N.S.W.
and the Victoria state line, has long been the stamping grounds
of the yowie, Australia's hair-covered hominid.

Indeed, the Bombala area is much like the Blue Mountains near
Walla Walla, Washington state, USA, with its many, many reports
of Bigfoot sightings.

One of the earliest reported yowie sightings took place on
October 12, 1912 when George Summerell, riding on horseback
along a trail, spotted a creature on all fours drinking from a
small stream.

Summerell's first thought was, What an immense kangaroo!

"But, on hearing the horse's feet on the track, it (the
creature) rose to its full height, of about seven feet, and
looked quietly at the horsemen.  Then, stooping down again, it
finished its drink, and then, picking up a stick that lay by it,
walked steadily away up the slope to the right, or eastern side
of the road, and disappeared among the rocks and timber 150
yards away."

"Summerell described the face as being like that of an ape or
man, minus forehead and chin, with a great trunk all one size
from shoulders to hips and with arms that nearly reached to its
ankles."

Summerell rode to the nearest town and brought back several
people to view the scene of the encounter.  They found "about a
score of footprints (that) attested to the truth of Summerell's
account, the handprints where the animal had stooped at the edge
of the water being especially plain.  These handprints differed
from a large human hand chiefly in having the little fingers set
much like the thumbs."

"A striking peculiarity was revealed, however, in the
handprints; these, resembling an enormously long and ugly human
foot in the heel, instep and ball, had only four toes--long
(nearly five inches), cylindrical, and showing evidence of
extreme flexibility.  Even in the prints  which had sunk deepest
into the mud, there was no trace of the 'thumb' of the
characteristic ape's 'foot.'"

"Beside perhaps a score of new prints, there were old ones
discernible, showing that the animal had crossed the creek at
least a fortnight previously."  (See the Sydney Morning Herald
for October 23, 1912.  See also Unexplained Mysteries of the
Twentieth Century by Janet and Colin Bord, Contemporary Books,
Chicago, Ill. 1989, pages 211 and 212.)

Well, that's it for this week.  Join us in seven days for more
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