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This Week At Inexplicata - 02-02-12

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 05:37:04 -0500
Archived: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:27:39 -0500
Subject: This Week At Inexplicata - 02-02-12

INEXPLICATA - The Journal Of Hispanic Ufology

Mexico: More On The Mexicali UFO Chase

A few weeks Ana Luisa Cid advised us of the chase involving
several police units in the city of Mexicali, Baja California.
She has posted a video of a segment of the La Sobremesa program
(dated 26 Jan 2012)in which she interviews journalist Juan
Galv=E1n of the La Voz de la Frontera newspaper.

The La Sobremesa segment can be seen at:


Prof. Cid has sent us two photos - one is from the C4 camera
system depicting the object that was seen over the airport; the
other shows journalist Galv=E1n interviewing Officer Ruelas.

Posted By Inexplicata

Source: Diario Popular And Planeta UFO


Date: 30 Jan 2012

Argentina: UFO Wave Ongoing in the "Western Corridor"

Initially unnoticed, a photograph depicting four luminous dots
in the skies over Moreno prompted action once again by
researchers of the UFO phenomenon, involving the repeated
manifestations of unidentified flying objects of unknown origin
in the so-called "Western Corridor", where residents from a
variety of locations in the outlying districts have reported and
recorded said manifestations.

Fabian Torti, director of the Grupo Tecnico de Asistencia
Psicologica OVNI (GRUTAP) told DIARIO POPULAR that for over
seven months since the subject became a fixture after a series
of cases in Ituzaingo, "phenomena have repeated themselves" with
sightings of mysterious flying objects that his group in no way
definitively classifies as extraterrestrial presences.

In this regard, Torti noted that the phenomenon also brought
about a massive influx of eyewitness accounts and stories
involving sightings and unique events related to these
manfistations, everything ranging from "the disappearance of
animals to abductions", subjects that GRUTAP places under
scrutiny "given the application of psychological criteria with
which to study such cases."

One of the manifestations received by the agency these days was
a photo taken by social psychologist Gabriela Almiron, a member
of the Group, who took a sequence of photos from the locality of
Moreno. She was not aware until much later, however, that one of
the images presented four points with a luminous appearance. One
of them was shaped like a delta wing and another resembled an
inverted "T".

According to Torti, Almiron has been a member of GRUTAP for ten
years and while she is involved with studying eyewitness cases
from a psychological standpoint, "[she] never imagined that she
would capture such an image". As to the numerous cases recorded
in the corridor, he states that "if only two out of ten cases
cannot be explained, then that two per cent indicates

Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU
Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO

Posted By Inexplicata

Neglected Lights: Mexico's 1970 Saucer Wave
By Scott Corrales
(c) 2012

Perhaps there were far better things to do in 1970 than look at
the sky. After all, Man had already been to the Moon twice - to
the elation of billions - but the near-loss of Apollo 13
tempered the excitement with a reminder that space was the
ultimate hostile environment. There were more pressing
situations to be addressed on Earth, and particularly at the
street level, as student uprisings in the Western nations
alternated with free festivals, singing songs with a decidedly
political descant to them.

Mexico entered the new decade reeling from the brutal
suppression of activism at Tlatelolco in 1968 - weeks before the
Olympic Games slated for that year - and a government in
transition. The same upheaval in music, politics and
consciousness was to be found there, and in such a state of
affairs, no one was surprised that "los marcianos" - the
Martians, everyday parlance for the concept of "space aliens" -
had taken an interest in terrestrial matters, whether to lend a
hand or laugh at foolish humanity.

The intense UFO activity of the mid-to-late Sixties carried into
this new decade as well, with the generalized belief that human
space activity had attracted the notice of space-faring
civilizations, perhaps unmindful of the fact that the same had
been said about nuclear activity in the '50s. Were these
putative aliens worried that the noisy neighbors with their
atomic firecrackers now threatened to bring disturbance to their

While these and other affairs entertained the thoughts of people
in the big cities, UFO activity was taking place far from the
sodium lamps, the urban sprawl and the nightlife.

On 18 February 1971, frantic calls from local residents were
received at the newsroom at the El Siglo newspaper in the
northern Mexican city of Torreon. At 22:00 hours a "flying
saucer" had become visible to the southwest of the city,
appearing at first as a bright spot in the skies and later
increasing in size, changing color from yellow to pink and
leaving a wake that remained in the sky for several minutes
before the intruder vanished.

The newspaper sent out reporters to interview the witnesses, and
while most agreed on what they had seen, they were equally
certain that they had not seen a meteorite, bolide or anything
similar, as these did not initially appear to be small, then
larger, and leave luminous wakes that remained for several

To the south of Torreon and on the same day - 18 February 1971 -
residents of the Charcas region of San Luis Potos=ED also advised
the local authorities that a platillo volador had flown over the
mining facilities that have made the state a major source of
ores since colonial times. Local peasants said that the object
flew at fantastic speeds, slowing down only to circle some of
the mountaintops. The UFOs speed and intense white glow made it
impossible for viewers to make out details. According to a wire
from the AEE news agency, "hundreds of people poured out of
their homes to view the strange phenomenon."

Journalist and UFO researcher Santiago Garc=EDa interviewed Andres
Barraza, a mechanic who had been among the witnesses of a
significant sighting on 29 January 1971. Barraza said that
objects involved in the multiple object sighting "had a strange
glow to them, and their speed was around 200 kilometers an
hour." When asked how he could be so sure of their speed, he
replied that as a mechanic, he was a keen observer of the speeds
of a car or any object in motion.

Garc=EDa would go on to acquire a measure of renown for his
investigations of the "Zone of Silence" near the town of
Ceballos, Durango, and eventually had sightings of his own in
this largely inhospitable region. In November 1972, while
looking into other UFO cases in northern Mexico, he boarded a
rickety rural bus to reach the village of Jimulco in the state
of Coahuila.

The driver obligingly dropped the journalist off at the roadside
patch that he wanted to investigate (an alleged landing site)
and Garc=EDa set off across the rocky desert terrain. "I hadn't
quite covered two hundred meters", he wrote, "when three
luminous disks measuring five meters in diameter emerged from
behind a stand of trees. The objects appeared to spin on their
own axises, all the while emitting very high-pitched sounds."

The three unknown devices may have been as startled by the
human's appearance as he was by theirs. They rose vertically to
a height and then flew off from the outskirts of Jimulco at what
Garc=EDa describes as "frightening" rate of speed, which he placed
at four hundred kilometers an hour. What he found most
astonishing from this encounter with the unknown had nothing to
do with the objects, but rather with the fact that he had
forgotten to bring along his camera, "my inseparable companion
in research", as he described it. Fearing that people would
choose not to believe him if the told his story, he later
discovered that there had been other witness to the trio of
unknown objects.

As it turned out, elections were in full swing for the office of
the mayor of Jimulco, and a delegation of politicians and
advisers, including the candidate for office, the state governor
and other grandees, had seen the phenomenon from their campaign
bus. Pedro Rojas, a county official, was part of the delegation
and later told Garc=EDa that the politicians had all seen the
three objects. Rojas himself had never paid much attention to
the UFO phenomenon, but the sighting on 16 November 1972
certainly stirred his interest.

Anomalous activity would spread to the neighboring state of
Chihuahua - Mexico's largest - in the months following the
events in Coahuila. On 15 August 1973, the Heraldo de la Tarde
newspaper featured a UFO report received from Rogelio Yapor, an
employee with the social security office in Ciudad Cuahutemoc.
Mr. Yapor was driving along the road toward Ciudad Cuauhtemoc
with his family when he noticed a very large luminous object
(with estimated diameter of fifty meters - in excess of 160
feet) hovering not too high up in the sky.

Yapor described the object as a "flying saucer" that appeared to
play a game of hide-and-seek among the clouds, descending and
rising abruptly with "the same speed as a jet." These maneuvers
persisted for an estimated forty-five minutes - the time it took
for the witness to cover the forty kilometer distance to his
destination. "Suddenly, the saucer took off at an amazing speed
toward the mountains, becoming the size of a star and then
vanishing altogether."

The staff at the Heraldo de la Tarde's newsroom would have
probably dismissed it as otra de marcianos - just another
Martian story - but the fact that Yapor had placed a very
expensive long distance call to their office made them suspect
that the eyewitness was telling the truth.

The sightings showed no signs of abating, as reports now emerged
from the city of Monterrey. On 7 September 1973, the El Norte de
Monterrey noted that many citizens were phoning in reports of
strange objects, unsure of their terrestrial or extraterrestrial
provenance. "Some speak of such phenomena, seemingly strange, as
merely objects produced by Man, and which only appear strange
when seen in the dark. Others speak of UFOs."

Antonio Cantu was among these witnesses. From his home in the El
Roble district, he was able to see a luminous object hanging
motionless over the peaks of Cerro de las Mitras, an impressive
geological formation:


The object would remain suspended over the mountain before
shooting off at high speed - and immediately after, the air in
his neighborhood would become filled with fog or fumes that were
attributed to the unknown device's takeoff or landing.

Fortunately, Mr. Cantu was not alone in his statements. From
another residential district - Colonia San Jose - Mr. Jose Lara
had also seen a strange object land on the summit of Cerro de
las Mitras in the evening. "It was a bright object, emitting a
very powerful beam of light, remaining motionless until it set
off at considerable speed." Other witnesses reported in person
to the newsroom of El Norte to inform the staff of the anomalous
events playing out on the summit.

Alberto Taboada, driving at night along the road linking
Monterrey with Laredo, Texas, was near the town of Sabinas
Hidalgo when his car became awash in an intense, unearthly
light. Rather than pulling over, he continued his journey into
Sabinas, reaching a filling station owned by Mario Ancira. Both
men were able to share the sighting of numerous objects flying
in a north to south direction, heading to Monterrey. Of further
interest is the fact that both men observed the objects "falling
to the ground" after covering a certain distance. Taboada
continued his journey, and was able to see objects falling the
vicinity of Cerro Mamulique.

The reader will allow me a personal note: Due to visa
restrictions applicable to U.S. citizens living in Mexico at the
time, my family had to make a twice-yearly journey to Laredo,
Texas to get our visas stamped on the U.S. side in order to
remain within the Mexico. The seventeen-hour journey was always
in the dark, and afforded spectacular views of the countryside
and night skies over the desert. The eerie quality of this
nocturnal landscape - especially when the bus stopped in the
middle of nowhere to pick up or drop off passengers - was never
more intense than around El Mamulique. While I never saw any of
these lights at the time, I did get to see a reddish-violet bolt
of dry lightning vaporize a tree in the distance. A photo of the
area as it appears today can be seen at:


The lights in the sky were not always inclined to play nice, to
judge by some of the journalistic reports available from the

In May 1973, Manuel Ruelas and Mart=EDn Antonio Luque from the
vicinity of El Aguajito in the state of Sinaloa, were chased by
a "flying saucer" as they made their way at three o'clock in the
morning on a mule-drawn wagon, returning from a fish market.
Upon reaching a wilderness known as El Vallado, both men saw a
flying object hurtling toward them out of the darkness, casting
an intense yellow glow that lit up an area greater than two
meters around it. According to their story, the object
approached them to the point that they were completely engulfed
in its light, flying away and then returning to continue its
game. Ruelas and Luque lost their nerve and jumped out of the
wagon, running into the brush and abandoning their cargo of fish
- and the mule - to its fate.

Vidal Cota, a magistrate from the town of Higuera de Zaragoza,
reported to the scene of the UFO "harassment" and found the
tracks left by the two peasants as they ran for cover, and fish
that had fallen to the ground after they fled. No word on the
mule, though.

Although no date is given for the next and most impressive
events, it was featured in the El Sol de Sinaloa newspaper and
occurred with days of the May 9, 1973 event involving the
peasants and the cartload of fish. Aaron Irizar, 22 at the time,
was a business major at the Universtity of Sinaloa who had
experienced an encounter with the unknown while in the company
of a friend. His story was given short shrift at first, due to
his age, his status as a college student, and the chance that he
might have been smoking drugs.

Irizar's story involved a sighting of a disk-shaped UFO at
approximately nine o'clock in the evening on a Sunday night,
specifically near the intersection of Rosales and Xicotencatll
streets in Las Quintas. The student added that a varied number
of people - men and women of all ages, even children - had seen
the arrival of a brilliant light, flying as low as three hundred
meters in the air. "You'll surely think I'm crazy, but I saw it.
It was a flying saucer. Well, like the kind one sees drawn in
the comic books. It was oval with a bright red dome and a
squarish box underneath it."

The glowing visitor hovered over the crowd for a few minutes
before vanishing altogether. Irizar added that the warm evening
became even hotter when the object stopped over the assembled
crowd. "I cannot describe the emotions I felt, " he said. "I was
stunned, and was even frightened when I saw some of the women
kneeling in the middle of street, saying that it was the end of
the world. I also saw a child pass out on account of the panic
and a young man become hysterical."

Five residents of the city of San Luis Potos=ED witnessed the
maneuvers of an orange-red UFO flying over the city late at
night in January 1975. Their description of this phenomenon
characterizes the physical description given of most UFOs seen
over this part of the country: the object resembled a ball,
giving off an intense shine that resembled fire, as if the
object were ablaze.

Two such fireballs were seen by Jesus Aguiar in Baja California:
while the young shepherd looked after some burros on a ranch
called El Guayabo, he noticed two fiery-red balls heading toward
him nearly at tree-top level, maneuvering as if to avoid hitting
the trees. Aguiar added that an intense burning smell filled the
air after the objects went past him.

On February 29, 1976 a family on its way to inspect a recent
snowfall (a rare occurrence in Mexico due to the high
elevations) at a location close to the community of El Chico in
the state of Hidalgo. Parking their car by the roadside, the
group entered the woods, heading toward an area used for picnics
in warmer weather. At around 8:30 a.m., one of the children
shouted that a strange object was suspended in mid-air. Having
brought along photographic equipment to take snapshots of the
elusive snow, the boy's father swung his camera heavenward to
take an impressive sequence of photographs, just as the saucer-
shaped craft began to exhibit the classic "swinging" motion that
has characterized these vehicles. The photographs remain one of
the most important documents ever collected on the UFO
phenomenon. Activity of this nature has always been common in
this part of Mexico, perhaps owing to the fact that a number of
large active mining endeavors in the region. The connection
between UFOs and mines has also been observed in Puerto Rico,
where the test pits dug for copper near the town of Adjuntas
attract their interest.

Posted By Inexplicata

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