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November 3, 1954, Bénévent-l'Abbaye, Creuse:

Reference number for this case: 3nov1954-Bénéventl'Abbaye. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Listing earthquakes in Limousin since 1954, ufologist Robert Catinat reported in April 1976 that on November 3, 1954, there had been an earthquake not recorded by seismographs, and a gleam in the sky towards Bénévent in the Creuse department.

A catalog compiled from data of Jean Giraud and Jean Gérard Dohmen, in the ufology magazine INFO-OVNI, in 1975, indicates that on "H/03/../1954" (November 3, 1954?) at 10:00 p.m. in Bénevent "Les Coutures", Mr. and Mrs. Desert, during the earthquake that shook an area located in a circle of 70 km in diameter, from Eguzon to Limoges, from Bellac to Gueret, had seen a glow in the sky.

The sources would be newspapers of November 4 and 5, 1954.

The author of the catalog states that he does not claim to assume the nature of this phenomenon, which he recorded because some researchers claim that there are many "UFO" sightings at the time of earthquakes.

Reports:

[Ref. rct1:] ROBERT CATINAT:

Scan.

EARTHQUAKES IN THE LIMOUSIN SINCE 1954

- November 3, 1954: earthquake not recorded by seismographs, glow in the sky towards Bénévent (Creuse).

[Ref. ioi1:] "INFO-OVNI" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

029 H/03/../1954 - 10:00 p.m.° - BENEVENT (Les Coutures)

Witnesses Mr. and Mrs. DESERT -

During the earthquake that shook a region located in a circle of 70 km in diameter, from Eguzon to Limoges, from Bellac to Guéret, witnesses saw a glimmer in the sky (?)

(LA MONTAGNE NOV. 4, 5 1954 )
(LE COURRIER - LE POPULAIRE - L'ECHO DU CENTRE - NOV. 4, 1954)
(L. D. L. N. "VUES NOUVELLES" APRIL 1976)

- This mention in this catalog does not pretend to assume the nature of this phenomenon. Some researchers trot [sic, "claim"] there are many "UFO" sightings during earthquakes.

[Ref. mju1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

This ufologist indicates that in the newspaper La Marseillaise, of Chateauroux, dated Thursday, November 4, 1954, one reads the following sentence: "Mr. and Mrs. Desert, of Les Coutures, municipality of Bénévent, heard and felt the shaking. They say they saw a gleam in the sky at the same time."

Explanations:

It is now established that lights caused by piezoelectricity can occur before an earthquake. These are glimmers, absolutely not describable as flying machines in principle.

I found no trace of a 1954 earthquake as evoked here.

But there was one on November 25, 1958, felt in the Southwest and the Center, from the Pyrénées, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Agen, to Limoges and Clermont-Ferrand.

So I think an error was made in INFO-OVNI about the year. One can also note the curious date given to the case, the "../03/H/1954".

Updated to August 22, 2019:

So now I have Michel Jeantheau who confirms the year 1954 with another press source. So this must really have taken place in 1954; yet I still have found no record at all about the slightest earthquake in France in 1954.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Bénévent-l'Abbaye, Benevent, Creuse, 1958, earthlight, earthquake, Désert, gleam

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross November 29, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 22, 2019 Addition [mju1]. In the Explanations, addition of the "Updated to August 22, 2019" part.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 18, 2020 Addition [rct1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "Listing earthquakes in Limousin..."

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