Popocatépetl, where UFOs are often seen. Photo: RussBowling

Popocatépetl, where UFOs are often seen. Photo: RussBowling

The 17,802 feet high Popocatépetl is an active volcano around 40 miles south of Mexico City that is the second-highest mountain in the country and known as the Smoking Mountain while locals locals refer to it as El Popo. It returned to life in 1994 after nearly 50 years of dormancy. It is a UFO hotspot, and the media company, Televisa, has a camera permanently situated there. Due to the volcanic activity, the area is a no-fly zone, thereby eliminating the possibility that any UFOs might be aircraft.

On March 12, 2013, an object was seen entering the volcano. Before that, a cigar-shaped object was seen in the sky on February 21. Another UFO was seen on November 8, 2012.

On October 25, another elongated UFO entered the volcano and was captured by Televisa’s camera. Televisa said it would have been 3,280 feet long and 650 feet wide. It resembled a UFO recently seen not long before over Pike County in Kentucky that hovered for more than two hours, eliciting numerous calls to local police. Dr. Margarita Rosado Solis, a researcher for the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a member of the International Astronomical Union, said the Popocatépetl object was not material that had been ejected from the volcano. There was no sight or sound of an explosion nor a trail of gas and debris to indicate that it was a meteorite.

Pixel variations around the object led some to suggest it was computer-generated or a flaw in the video. Video analyst, Marc Dantoni, whose clients include Congress, the U.S. Navy, and the Smithsonian Institution, did not detect anomalies with the image and believed the object to be a meteor, despite Solis’ explanation of why this was not the case. Basically, anything except a UFO.

Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, is another volcano that is a UFO hotspot, with sightings increasing by 67 percent in the last three years. The most recent sighting was of a disk-shaped object on 27 October. A guide book for tourists mentions UFO activity. Tall, long-haired aliens were reportedly seen emerging from a semi-spherical craft in 1999 by a married couple. PacoPadron, a famous journalist, wrote of his UFO sightings at that location in his book, Midnight Lights. The Tenerife region that houses Mount Teide attracts visitors who specifically seek UFOs. Astronomy enthusiasts are also lured because the sky is very clear at night.

UFOs were seen at the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile when it erupted in 2011. In Japan, UFOs were seen near Mount Fuji in 2010 and at the Sakurajima Volcano in 2011. Another UFO was seen over a volcano in Hawai’i in 2010. A formation of UFOs was seen above Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, again in 2010.

In addition to ICBMs, UFOs are known to take an interest in natural disasters including volcanoes. There was much UFO activity prior to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. While there are some who believe UFOs cause disasters, there is better evidence that they reduce the effects, as in the cases of the meteorites in Russia at Chelyabinsk (go on, vote for it) weeks ago and Tunguska in 1908. Volcanoes are beloved of human geologists because they allow access to material beneath the surface of the Earth without recourse to drilling. Scott C. Waring of the Canadian newspaper’s UFO Sightings Daily section said there have been over 100 UFO sightings at Popocatépetl in the last three years, and suggested there was an alien base there. He previously worked with the U.S. Air Force.