Volume 4, #3 (April-May 1997)
My research into the subject of
Australian fireballs began about two
years ago in early 1995. A colleague and friend, John Watts, of
geological consultants Mackay & Schnellmann Pty Ltd, asked for my
opinion on earthquake risk in an isolated area of the Eastern
Goldfields of Western Australia (WA).
John knew of my long
experience in the Laverton region, conducting geological and
geophysical field exploration surveys there for gold mineralization
- hence his approach to me for scientific advice concerning an odd
series of events that occurred in this area of WA in May 1993.
THE BANJAWARN FIREBALL EVENTS
Whilst visiting a small underground gold-mine John had noticed a
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper article, dated 1 June 1993, attached to
the barracks’ kitchen fridge door. This reported that on 28 May 1993
at 23.03 hrs a meteor fireball was seen by several observers to be
flying from south to north between Leonora and Laverton. This was
immediately followed by a significant 3.9 Richter-scale earthquake -
picked up by 23 seismic receivers around WA and the Northern
Ed Paul, a geophysicist at the
Geological Survey Organization) Mundaring Seismic Observatory near
Perth, had received several telephone calls from the public, as had
the Laverton Police. Ed had reasoned that there was a possible
connection between the meteor fireball and the quake due to an
impact with the ground.
The small gold-mine (the Alycia mine) experienced this quake event
as underground three-inch steel pipes sheared clean in half and
drives and shafts collapsed. My friend John has done a considerable
amount of earthquake risk assessment during his consulting career
and thought that this damage pattern was more like instantaneous
blast damage, as is normally caused by big explosions, rather than
standard earthquake damage. The key to this was the underground
damage, and the type of damage caused, in comparison to the more
normal quake mine damage which is usually limited to surface
building collapse caused by quake-induced seismic ground waves.
Many observers reported that the fireball passed overhead making a
pulsed roaring noise, similar to a very loud road-train diesel
engine, and that after the seismic wave hit they heard a huge,
long-drawn-out explosion - similar to a very major, but
long-drawn-out mine blast, but somehow peculiarly different. (Note:
The seismic ground wave moves much faster than the speed of sound
from an explosion).
At the time we reasoned that Ed Paul was probably correct and that a
meteor fireball (a bolide) could have impacted explosively into the
ground and caused the apparent "earthquake" by impact or by
airburst-explosion shock-wave induction. This area of WA has
recorded quakes since seismographs were first installed in 1900, nor
Aboriginal racial memory of any quakes.
As such an impact event is a major geological curiosity, often
observed in the Earth’s geological record but rarely recorded as
occurring in human history, we decided to embark upon a private
research project to document the event - leading, we hoped, to
scientific fame and glory. We did not then appreciate just where
this research work and interest would lead...
I visited the area in May and June 1995 and began to interview, by
personal visit or telephone, the inhabitants of a
300-kilometre-radius area centered upon Laverton. This Eastern
Goldfields region of WA is semi-desert and very isolated with an
extremely low population density. It contains several very large
sheep stations, a couple of small gold-mining towns
Laverton - click
right map), plus several isolated gold-mine sites, a few gravel or
dirt roads, a lot of thick mulga bush and gum-tree scrub vegetation
with some sand dune fields and spinifex-grass cover.
I hired a light plane so I could visit outlying stations and
Aboriginal settlements to search for eyewitnesses and for "ground
zero". This took some three weeks. A summary of all currently
available witness data follows:
A large orange-red spherical "fireball" with a very small bluish-
white conical tail had flown from low down in the south over
observers to the north. Some observers reported that the fireball
was cylindrical in form and more yellow-blue-white in colour. It was
heard as a pulsed, roaring or loud diesel-engine sound - well before
it passed overhead. It dropped off no glowing fragments, and had no
long, luminous tail or sparks - as is common meteor activity. Its
speed was similar to a 747 jetliner or a fast jet-plane and was
obviously less than the speed of sound since loud noises were heard
in advance of its arrival.
The sounds heard before the "object" arrived were most definitely
not "normal" electrophonic sounds as have been quite commonly
reported from historical meteor fireball events. Such electrophonic
sounds are experienced as weird "pings" and "whees" of low-volume
intensity and are not fully understood at this time, but they are
believed to be due to hertzian electromagnetic (EM) waves produced
in the bolide plasma trail and propagated at the speed of light to
the observer - in advance of the bolide.
These sounds are thought to
couple harmonically with the inner ear or cause nearby objects to
vibrate sympathetically, thus producing the characteristic
low-volume sounds. No sonic booms were reported, and no observer
believed that any explosion was heard until the object had got to
ground level, or very nearly so, behind low hills or treeline cover
and then exploded or impacted.
The fireball object flew apparently parallel to the Earth’s
curvature in a long, "nap-of-the-Earth" arcing trajectory at low
altitude (possibly some 1,000 to 2000 meters), from low down on the
southern horizon - not with a "normal" meteor’s inbound high-angle,
The fireball lit up some observers and their vicinity as it passed
overhead. Its flight trajectory was observed over a distance of
least 250 km - although it probably had a much longer flight path
well out over the southern Indian Ocean from Antarctica. It then
appeared to arc down towards the ground before it disappeared out of
sight behind trees or low hills.
This was followed by a near-blinding, massive high-energy burst of
blue-white light that rippled for about three to five seconds. This
lit up the windless, cloudless, moonless night sky as if it were
daylight. Observers could see for some 100 km in every direction at
ground level - "as clear as day". The energy intensity involved in
this light flash was similar to the light flash generated by a
significant nuclear blast, and in many respects the incident
strongly resembled a night-time nuclear test.
A huge red-coloured flare then shot vertically skywards for some
considerable distance (several kilometers?). This event was
immediately followed by a massive seismic ground wave that hit the
observers nearest to "ground zero" such that rocks and beer cans
vibrated off tables and the ground shook so violently that persons
tending a campfire fell over.
Then followed a very loud, major explosive blast that was heard over
a 250 km by 150 km corridor. Minor quake damage was reported as far
as 150 km southeast of ground zero (the other directions, excepting
Leonora to the southwest, being largely uninhabited). Located that
night in Laverton was an engineer - with Gulf War experience of
missiles and aircraft breaking the sound barrier - who described it
"definitely a major explosive concussion-wave blast [not a sonic
boom], similar to, but much bigger than, a normal open-pit mine
A large, deep-red-orange-coloured hemisphere
of opaque light, with a
silver outer-shell lining, then rose from ground level to hover
around over the "ground zero location". This structure, when fully
developed, was approximately three times the size of a typical
Goldfields setting Moon, as seen by observers located 30 to 50 km
away (in other words, it was very big), and it "bobbed around a bit
for nearly two hours before disappearing suddenly - as if someone
threw the light switch off".
This "half-soup-plate structure", looking like a "deep-red, very
large and half-set Sun", was seen by two observers from widely
separated locations, one at the Banjawarn station buildings and one
at the Deleta station buildings.
Dogs at both locations went totally
berserk, whining and howling and attempting to get off their leads
whilst the aerial light hemisphere was up. Presumably there was an ultrasonic or EM wave propagation to which the dogs were extremely
Aboriginal prospectors who were camped very near to ground zero at
the Freeman’s Find gold prospect were extremely spooked by the
event, believing that it was "the end of the world". Some of them
thought that they had witnessed a "jumbo jet" crash behind a range
of low hills.
They gathered their swags (bed rolls) close together
as they were too scared to sleep apart. In the morning they climbed
a hill to look for fires in the distance but could see no smoke.
They quickly departed the area for the safety of Leonora.
One Aboriginal stockman observer, located at the Banjawarn station
buildings, believed that he was witnessing a fairly slow-moving
"UFO" and became very worried that they were going to land and
abduct him and his two companions - since it flew directly at him
and then passed, very noisily, low overhead before going into its
final downwards-arcing plunge.
Almost exactly one hour after the first big event, three observers
located at the Banjawarn station buildings saw a second, much
smaller fireball which they described as being more of a
blue-green-white colour. It appeared to rise from ground level, but
definitely rose from behind distant trees well south of the station
perimeter, and then flew to the north in a high mortar-shell-type
arc before coming down to ground level behind distant bush. Its
flight path was divergent to the north-northeast when compared to
that of the first major fireball event of that night.
This later event then created a second but very small explosion and
concomitant minor ground shake, similar to the first event but much
smaller in size and with no resultant rising hemisphere of opaque
light. A prospector located north of the Mulga Queen Aboriginal
settlement also reported seeing parts of this second event.
This second event does not appear to have been of sufficient enough
magnitude to register on AGSO seismographs. However, analysis of the
best AGSO seismic records by USGS (US Geological Survey) energy
conversion equations suggests that the energy involved in the first
main event quake was probably of the order of one to two kilotonnes
of TNT equivalent. The blast itself was probably bigger, as not all
such explosive energy is transmitted efficiently into the ground and
along the Earth wave path to the seismic observatories.
The main fireball eyewitness "explosion ground zero" was located
near to the northern edge of Banjawarn station, whereas the
calculated AGSO quake epicenter fix was close to the
perimeter of Banjawarn station, the difference reflecting the
difficulties involved in calculating accurate quake epicenters from
remote seismographic locations.
In spite of the excellent eyewitness "ground zero impact"
cross-fixes, a considerable time in the air in a Cessna-172 failed
to find any crater or ground anomaly of any kind there or anywhere
else in a 300-km-diameter search area. Ground and air examination of
the nearby Celia fault lineament produced no evidence of any
movement on this structure.
Banjawarn is arguably the most isolated station area in the Eastern
Goldfields region of WA. This sheep station has gained notoriety
since its purchase the same year (1993) by the Japanese Aum Supreme
Truth (Aum Shinrikyo) sect - of 1995 Tokyo subway gas-attack fame.
Research soon showed that a Japanese Aum Supreme Truth sect
representative - deputy leader Hayakawa - had been inspecting sheep
stations for sale, around and including Banjawarn, in early April
Hayakawa initiated purchase procedure for Banjawarn in late April
1993, desiring to "conduct experiments there for the benefit of
mankind". The station actually changed hands when papers were signed
and a bank cheque was provided on 1 June 1993 - only three days
after the fireball event. However, the agreement regarding the sale
to the Aum sect was completed on 23 April 1993 - some 35 days prior
to the fireball event.
As the 28 May 1993 event did not appear to fit any normal meteor
impact scenario, we began to joke that the Aum sect had probably
sent a cruise missile with a pulse jet engine and detonated a
nuclear weapon on the uninhabited desert fringe immediately north of
Meteors usually travel at hypervelocities, greater than 25,000 mph,
and do not normally fly low-speed, "nap-of-the-Earth", low-level
(1,000-to-2,000-metre-altitude) trajectories. They usually have
long, luminous tails and drop-off fragments, and are not documented
as triggering earthquakes.
Pressure changes due to storms (or, possibly, pressure waves created
by a meteor flypast) are known to trigger quakes in stressed-plate
regions of the crust, but this region can hardly be assigned a
high-stress fault signature, given the total lack of such quake
events in human memory. It is a very stable Archaean Age cratonic
shield area, with the nearest location demonstrating quake activity
being located in the Fraser Ranges, some 500 to 600 km to the south,
east of Norseman.
In response to recent ABC radio interviews given by the author,
three truckies reported seeing yet another fireball soon after
starting work at 5.00 am one day (exact date unknown) in May or June
of 1993. Their "Moon-sized" fireball flew from south to north at low
level (some 1,000 meters) with a high-speed jet-plane velocity. It
was yellow-orange-red in colour and had a very small blue-white
tail. It lit up the early morning dark sky in an intense blue- white
light flash that silhouetted the countryside as it headed
immediately west of Laverton directly for Banjawarn station. As the truckies were sitting next to loud diesel engines of their own, they
do not know if this third Banjawarn fireball made any pulsed,
This third fireball held a course that would not only pass over
Banjawarn but might ultimately have reached the Exmouth Peninsula in
far northwest WA.
Now, for three fireballs to be heading towards Banjawarn
is just too
much of a coincidence for a meteor-type event.
Meteors of this size
are very rare events, let alone three heading around May-June 1993
into one small space on the Earth’s surface at Banjawarn. If we
assume that fireball no. 3 was seen at 5.00 am on 29 May 1993 - and
thus followed fireball no. 1 by six hours, as in, say, a
south-to-north-traveling chain of bolides (rather like the recent
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts on
Jupiter) - we have a problem with
the meteor theory, for in that six-hour period the Earth would have
rotated 90 degrees about its north-south axis and fireball no. 3
should have come in over East Africa!
OTHER FIREBALL EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA AND NZ
Since the May 1993 event, there have been many other reports (in
excess of 1,000 and often of multiple events) concerning aerial
fireballs and associated light-energy emissions. They involve
exotic, spherical fireballs making diesel freight-train noises
(although there are some noiseless variants), flying long
trajectories over different parts of Australia. Isolated but similar
reports have also originated recently from New Zealand.
These fireballs have been observed in all our Australian states (as
late as 4 February 1997), and in many cases have exhibited
variations on and combinations of the following actions:
very-low-altitude; nap-of-Earth trajectories; small-to-nonexistent
tails; no fragment drop-off; apparent velocity often very slow and
commonly less than that of sound; no associated sonic booms;
considerable and sudden changes in course, as well as speeding up,
stopping dead, reversing course and flying vertically upwards into
space; creation of intense vibration of ground and housing during flypast; explosion in massive blue-white arcing light displays with
major explosive sound events or silent, intense light-flashes;
regular creation of power generation overvoltage outages and other
The Banjawarn case demonstrates a cause-effect relationship with a
3.9 Richter-scale earthquake, and other fireballs have possibly been
related on at least two occasions to 3.0 to 4.0 Richter-scale
earthquakes in eastern Australia.
If meteors are the source of these observations, then lately we
appear to be continually encountering a very odd species of meteor
that exhibits a previously undocumented, very exotic behaviour and a
very high statistical rate of arrival in Australia, apparently
(until recently, i.e., 1996) largely ignoring the rest of the world.
Other possible causes such as natural-gas fireballs, min-min lights
and earthquake stress lights may be easily discounted by many
aspects of these multiple fireball events - but not least because of
their usually very-low-energy output when compared to the very large
energies involved in these recent Banjawarn fireball incidents.
However, possible scenarios such as off-planet alien UFOs, or
Earthbound powers testing new exotic power-plant, military
spacecraft and/or EM weapons systems, cannot be so easily
THE PERTH FIREBALL EVENT
Probably the most spectacular of these fireball events was that
which occurred at approx. 2.00 am on 1 May 1995 above Perth, WA. At
that time, a large spherical orange-red fireball with a small
conical blue-white tail was observed as it flew from the Indian
Ocean over Bunbury, in southwestern WA, in a north-northeasterly
direction at a relatively high altitude, apparently with a
trajectory that was parallel to the Earth’s curvature. The altitude
of this fireball is open to question as many observers thought that
it was not very high in the sky, but newspaper reports later placed
it at several kilometers in altitude.
The fireball soon arrived above the eastern side of the
Perth (population >1 million) and was seen and heard by many
eyewitnesses over its 150-kilometre land-flight trajectory.
Observers reported that the "object" emitted a loud, roaring, pulsed
noise - similar to a diesel freight train - before it arrived, and
that it flew at a steady velocity similar to a high-speed jet
aircraft. There was no report of a sonic boom.
Whilst moving over the eastern part of Perth, near
fireball reportedly stopped dead in the sky and the tail inverted
through the fireball to point towards the previous direction of
travel! Then there was an enormous burst of blue-white arcing
light-energy that briefly lit up the city and its suburbs as clear
as daylight for many kilometers. In many ways the event was similar
in force level to a nuclear blast. A loud, vibrating, massive
explosion-cum-seismic wave reverberated around Perth, causing the
city buildings to shake and books and objects to fall off shelves.
Several observers reported that, at the instant of the explosion,
four white lights raced apart from the centre of the main "object"
and formed a right-angled white cross in the sky. No actual object
was seen at any time - just a bright orange-red fireball of light
emission and its very small blue-white-light conical tail.
One observer reportedly told the Perth Astronomical Observatory of
seeing sparks drop off the fireball during its flight and that it
had a long tail or streak of orange colour. All other police and
public eyewitnesses reported that the fireball had no tail (or, at
best, a rudimentary, very short tail) and that they definitely saw
no sparks. They noted that it was spherical or cylindrical in form,
as defined by light-energy emission.
About half the city’s population, some 500,000 people were estimated
to have been woken up by the violence of this explosive,
seismic-wave event. The ground vibration wave was picked up by the
AGSO Mundaring Seismic Observatory as a paper analogue recording
lasting some two minutes, timed at 17.57 UTC, i.e., commencing at
1.57 am WA time.
This event raised some discussion in the WA press over the next few
weeks and was generally explained in the media by the Perth
Astronomical Observatory as the explosion of a meteor fireball with
a power of one or more megatonnes of TNT equivalent, at an altitude
of several kilometers. Surprisingly, this event was apparently not
widely reported in the world press. One would think that something
with a force level equivalent to a large hydrogen bomb detonating
above a city like Perth would be worthy of great discussion.
Obviously it was not loud enough to wake Canberra...
Reports soon came in of small lights and strange aerial noises that
had moved to the north-northeast of Perth towards the small town of
Toodyay and beyond, on the night in question. Amateur meteor
astronomers spent a considerable amount of time interviewing farmers
out that way but no meteor fragments have been recovered to date
Later reports noted that on the same night, some 1,900 km to the
north-northeast of Perth, a couple situated on Sunday Island, near
One Arm Point north of Broome in the Kimberley region of WA, were
woken some time around 3.00 am by a loud, roaring, pulsed
diesel-engine noise, "similar to a D9 bulldozer or tank engine",
advancing directly towards their front door. This noise rose to a
crescendo and books and objects fell from their shelves. The seismic
ground-vibration wave and sound event lasted for one to two minutes.
Believing they had experienced an earthquake, the family listened to
the early morning ABC radio, but the only story was of the explosive
meteor fireball event above Perth. A check of the
records has shown that no earthquakes of any magnitude at all
occurred at Sunday Island or anywhere else in their region that
One possible interpretation of these events is that a meteor
fireball exploded on contact with the Earth’s denser atmosphere high
above the east of Perth and that small fragments, including a very
large fragment, flew north-northeast over Toodyay, eventually to be
heard flying low over Sunday Island in the Kimberley region.
This meteor interpretation ignores the fact of the fireball’s slow
speed, reportedly similar to that of a jet plane. Due to its roaring
sound being heard before it arrived, the fireball apparently travelled at less than the speed of sound at some 750 mph. Most
meteors are generally hypervelocity objects flying at many thousands
of miles per hour, often greater than 25,000 mph.
The meteor hypothesis also ignores the strange aerodynamics of an
"object" that reportedly stopped dead in the sky, whilst the very
small luminous tail inverted through the spherical fireball.
Moreover, it ignores the lack of recovered fragments from so great
an explosive event, and the accumulated evidence from many other
similar fireball events that have occurred throughout Australia in
Observations of the fireball’s flight, or effects associated with
the event, cover some 2,000 km in strike across WA and thus allow a
reasonably reliable attempt at reconstruction on a globe from a
planetary perspective. The trajectory starts somewhere to the
south-southwest of Perth - possibly in the Indian Ocean or in
Antarctica - and projects north-northeast towards the northeastern
coast of Japan and across the centre of the Siberian Kamchatka
Peninsula. If continued, the trajectory would cross over northern
Alaska and over Arctic Canada to emerge into the Atlantic somewhere
near Nova Scotia.
It is interesting that the projected trajectory skims Antarctica
along its coast near Enderby Land. At this location is a complex of
three research bases: the Japanese bases of Syowa (approx. 40° East)
and Mizuho (approx. 45° East and inland), and the former
of Molodezhnaya (approx. 45° East on the coast). Further northwest,
the former USSR base of Novolazarevskaya (approx. 15° East on the
coast) also lies approximately upon the projected trajectory. The
former USSR also has bases ringing the coast of Antarctica at the
following approximate locations: 92°E (Queen Mary Land), 105°E (Vostok,
inland near the South Magnetic Pole), 163°E (Oates Land), and
224°E/44°W) (opposite the Rockefeller Plateau). These bases
effectively give a good arc- coverage of the entire globe from the
radio transmission viewpoint.
The Kamchatka Peninsula in Siberia was the site of the
007 incident. Recent research by David Pearson, published in his
book, KAL 007: The Cover-up, concerning this 747 jumbo-jet
shoot-down by the Soviets, suggests that KAL 007 was attempting to
gain intelligence on a very large transmitter site located in the
central part of the peninsula.
It has been suggested by Japanese journalists (Archipelago magazine)
as well as American scientific researcher
Tom Bearden that this
Kamchatka transmitter is one of a series of former Soviet
Such weapons are believed to have the ability to transmit explosive
and other effects, such as earthquake induction, across
inter-continental distances to any selected target site on the
globe, with force levels equivalent to major nuclear explosions.
Evidence for the existence of such exotic weapons is given in part
in a "Voice of Russia" radio broadcast on their Science and
Engineering program of 23 December 1996, where they discussed modern
Russian electromagnetic weapons of the microwave plasma variety. The
following is a part-transcript of that program, featuring the
interviewer Yekimenko and the science authority Boris Belitsky:
Yekimenko: How would a microwave generator be used
Belitsky: It would be used to fire a
plasmoid - that is, a blob of
plasma - into the path of an incoming missile, its warhead or an
aircraft. The plasmoid would effectively ionize that region of space
and, in this way, disturb the aerodynamics of the flight of the
missile, warhead or aircraft and terminate its flight. This makes
such a generator and its plasmoid a practically invulnerable weapon,
providing protection against attack via space or the atmosphere.
Yekimenko: Boris, I hate to ask this question, but still... The
generals and scientists who speak of this weapon - they couldn’t be
bluffing, could they?
Belitsky: Oh, no. This is evident if only from the fact that a few
years ago, in 1993, at the Russian-American summit in Vancouver, the
Russians proposed a joint experiment in testing such generators - or plasma weapons, as they are called here - as an alternative to the
Strategic Defense Initiative, SDI. In such an experiment, which was
proposed to be code-named Trust, the system would be used to repulse
a missile attack. In this way, Russia hoped to strengthen the new
climate of post-Cold War security in the world.
These comments of course
emphasize that many observed "objects" in
the night sky may in fact have no mass associated with them at all,
and are actually holograms of light being given off by slugs of
dense EM energy, these being held in place by three or more
transmitters’ Tesla wave outputs manipulating
plasmoid blobs in 3D
Another fairly typical (but silent) fireball event occurred in
October 1994 at the iron ore mining town of Tom Price in the
region of Western Australia.
One night in mid-October 1994 a family was having a patio barbecue
at about 8.30 pm. They saw a very large red-orange-coloured ball of
fire moving at very low altitude directly towards them at a steady,
slow, light-aircraft speed (100 mph?) at an altitude of 200 to 300
meters. It was bigger than the Moon in apparent size.
They rang the local police to alert them to a possible aircraft on
fire. The two policemen raced outside to watch. By now, half the
town (population of some 4,000) was outside watching the fireball.
From front-on it appeared to be a fiery orange-red-yellow colour;
from the side it appeared to be yellow-white and pulsing up and down
in light intensity (as captured on video).
Our original barbecue observers, by now some 200 meters directly
below the "object", reported that it was an intense ball of
orange-red fire or plasma with the fire swirling in a spiral pattern
and the flames disappearing internally upwards into "a central black
hole" or void within the spherical mass of flames.
no tail and made no noise at all, and there was no ground
seismic/noise wave as experienced in many other recent Australian
fireball events. It was described as a sort of "implosion ball of
flames", with all the fire or flames originating in local space
outside the fiery, spherical form, and then being sucked into the
centre where they disappeared:
"like a moving plasma ball in a
local space-time warp around a central black hole"
"Never ever seen
anything like it before, therefore difficult to describe
(Really aware people, these outback mining families!)
The observers said that the fireball took about five to seven
minutes to cover the distance from a line of hills west of Tom Price
to a line of hills to their east. At this point it flashed a bright
blue-white colour that lit up the area; then it took off at very
high speed, moving very quickly to the east and disappearing almost
instantly. Other observers simply believed that it just disappeared
with the intense, bright blue-white light-energy emission
flash/explosion, but with no explosive noise.
The observers turned around to look back to the west. Immediately,
second fireball appeared in the west, following the path of the
first. It flew slightly lower, but at the same slow light-aircraft
speed (i.e., about 100 mph) and, similarly, at constant altitude.
Again it flew directly over the barbecue observers and was identical
in all respects to the first fireball. Likewise, it moved at very
high velocity to the east and disappeared in a massive blue-white
flash of light-energy.
This was followed by a third fireball that was exactly the same size
and traveled exactly the same low-level altitude (nearly in the
treetops), exactly the same slow flight-speed, exactly the same
course, and again disappeared at high speed to the east in exactly
the same kind of light flash.
The time between the appearance of each separate fireball "pulse"
was almost identical. Observers reported that after the first one
had disappeared to the east, they swung around to look west, only to
find that another fireball had arrived; and after that second one
disappeared, they turned again to the west to see that a third
fireball had arrived straight away - just like clockwork!
There remains a difference of opinion between observers as to
exactly how many fireballs were seen in sequence that night. All
observers agree that two fireballs were seen, but several claim that
three were actually seen, but that strange time-space-mind
distortion effects were in operation (emanating from the fireballs)
such that confusion reigned immediately, during and after the
sightings, leading to disagreement and argument over the exact
number of discrete fireball events.
This entire sequence of events (or parts thereof) was seen by many
of the inhabitants of Tom Price, i.e., possibly well over 2,000
people. Many eyewitnesses attempted to take photographs, but when
they got their developed film rolls back from Perth they discovered
their photos showed good family snaps and only white blanks where
the fireballs had been! The films were developed by friends and were
not tampered with, suggesting that X-ray or similar EM radiation
from the fireball may have fogged the film.
One video camera recording
(similar to this one) was made, but later accidental
over-recording meant that only two minutes of this incident remained
- taped as a pulsing light or fireball, as seen from well south of
the fireball track. This videotape has since been appropriated by a
UFO researcher in New South Wales and has never since seen the light
All residents were shocked by what they had observed, eventually
believing that someone deliberately wanted them to see these
fireballs as some sort of test over an isolated outback town. They
confirm that the object appeared to have no solid mass when seen
close up, but from a distance many thought they were seeing an
aircraft on fire - but the second and third fireballs disabused them
of this idea. No one could align their sighting with anything within
their experiential memory. Some thought that "it was like the end of
the world" - that same expression yet again!
The two policemen were taken the next day to a point halfway to the
Paraburdoo townsite (residents there also saw the fireballs to their
north that night), located some 50 km south of Tom Price. The
policemen were briefed by "officials" on what had occurred and
thereafter refused to discuss the evening’s events with their
friends in Tom Price.
Being a small town with few inhabitants, and pretty lonely if the
other residents cold-shoulder you, one policeman later admitted that
he would like to say what it was all about but had been ordered to
keep his mouth shut and it was more than his job and life were worth
to say more.
The residents of Tom Price discussed these events for days, but
attempts to go public on Perth TV were met with ridicule and loony
They noticed that the fireballs had flown from the direction of the
Exmouth Peninsula "US radio communications base" and knew that, in
spite of recent newspaper publicity claiming that "this base has
been deserted by the USA and handed over to the Australian
government", there were still many Americans to be seen in the town
of Exmouth who continued to live and work at the base (as is the
case even now, in early 1997). Many suspect that there is a secret
underground part to this base which contains peculiar, large aerial
systems at ground level.
It was later discovered that the Dampier power station, further
northeast, went off line at the time of the Tom Price fireballs due
to a huge overvoltage pulse on the transmission lines.
Residents of this district have commonly seen or even been followed
by bright white lights whilst traversing roads at night near the
coast and adjacent to the Exmouth base area. They report that these
lights move at low or high speed, at low or high altitude and
commonly alter their courses.
Very bright white glows have been observed at night emanating from
uninhabited bushland just to the east of Tom Price. Fireballs have
been reported on several occasions in the period 1973 to 1994 as
flying from Exmouth towards the east and the Great Sandy Desert.
SECRET WEAPONS TESTING AND OTHER SCENARIOS
In this Tom Price instance we appear to have a possible
to US bases. Thus it is feasible that high-powered EM weapons
systems are being tested by the USA - or some other foreign
government - on Australian soil, or that off-planet alien UFO
interest in the Exmouth US base is being demonstrated in these
Regular passage of three such slow-speed fireballs, ultimately
increasing rapidly to very high speed, occurring at exactly equally-
timed intervals, along the same very-low-altitude trajectory and
course, cannot involve any normal meteor or bolide-train event.
These fireball events do not appear to represent any known natural
phenomenon, and certainly appear to fit the alien UFO,
military spaceplane-testing or EM weapons-testing scenarios.
Eyewitness information about the interior of the Exmouth Peninsula
"US VLF submarine communication base" proves to be extremely
interesting. The main transmitter (Tx) site consists of one very
high central aerial called "Tower Zero" positioned upon a low
hilltop and surrounded by 11 equispaced smaller towers (each about
1,000 feet high). Each tower is connected by aerial wire forming a
series of three concentric circular loops (in excess of 2.5 km
diameter). Tower Zero is encased in wood/asbestos sheeting to form a
very high, enclosed oblong box, and has a two-man elevator running
up the inside of the tower. The top inner aerial shape is surrounded
by a larger enclosed box.
The aerial array utilizes enormous quantities of copper tube and
wire "ground counterpoise" arrays buried in the ground under the
Access into the hillside tunnel opening takes one into a large (at
least three-storey) underground section at the base of
Here is something like the innards of a giant "transistor radio"
with a huge heavy-duty copper-wire coil some 50 feet high and 15
feet in diameter - all supported on hardwood (Jarrah) frames fixed
with wooden (Jarrah) nuts and bolts! Sections are lined with
stainless- steel sheeting. There may be further and deeper sections
under the copper coil which were not seen by this eyewitness.
There is a large power station at the site, possibly running on gas
from boreholes into a large natural-gas reservoir nearby.
Although officially recently handed over by the US Navy to
Australian Navy control, the base still has many US "consultants"
who live in the nearby town of Exmouth. The Jarrah fittings and
copper coil in Tower Zero were installed in 1968, after the main
building contractor teams had left the facility.
Supposedly this Exmouth Tx site is transmitting VLF or
messages to submarines. However, this eyewitness description of the
underground wooden frame and giant coil is a dead giveaway. It
perfectly describes major elements of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe, Long
Island, Magnifying Energy Transmitter - and his earlier Colorado
Springs research versions. The wooden construction is required to
handle very high voltages and very high frequencies (possibly as
high as microwave-band frequencies) by containing the induced coil
electrostatic wave from discharge. It is not needed to handle very
low frequencies (VLF) or extremely low frequencies (ELF).
Tesla claimed in 1908 that he could hit any antipodean planetary
city with an enormous EM energy pulse, delivered in microseconds,
that would "create an explosion equivalent to more than the power of
the extant world navies’ combined ’Dreadnought’ battleship
broadsides" (i.e., a huge force similar to that of a nuclear
explosion) from just such a device.
Therefore, it would appear that the Exmouth US Tx site contains
"Tesla" or "scalar"
EM weapons systems and has been active since
about 1969, i.e., in time to conduct the 1970 and earlier tests for
which we see evidence, due east of there in the Great Sandy Desert,
as many grid rows of 10-km-spaced earthquakes, looking like a
chessboard - each of 3 to 5 Richter power.
EARTHQUAKES TO ORDER
In 1965, this section of the Great Sandy Desert area was (uniquely
for Australia) covered by high-altitude U2 aerial photography, paid
for by the US Government. Why?
In 1966, the French oil company Aquitaine Oil (now called
Aquitaine) took out a large oil exploration permit in this most
isolated and difficult-to-access area of Australia. Canberra even
paid half the exploration costs to help explore the hinterland. No
other company known to me ever got this type of deal - especially to
explore an area of poor conceptual potential in a poor geological
environment when many easier-access and far better geological
environments with excellent conceptual potential existed elsewhere
in Australia and were open for acquisition and exploration.
Aquitaine commenced exploration in 1967 and carried out
aeromagnetic, ground gravity, seismic traverse, and ground VLF/ELF
EM studies. (These EM techniques were quite rare and odd exploration
techniques to be used in oil exploration.)
In 1968-69, Australian Army MPs with 4WD Jeeps were airlifted into
the Great Sandy Desert to round up a couple of hundred nomadic
Aboriginal tribespeople and ship them out to Broome. This region was
declared "off limits to the public", and all access tracks into the
desert were guarded by Military Police.
The published reason for
this was the danger from a series of test launches from Woomera in
South Australia, over the Great Sandy Desert and Broome, of the
British Blue Streak missiles, and of the European four-stage space
rocket satellite-launching system. (They even got this one into
orbit eventually in early 1970 and 1971.) Thereafter, the British
missile program and the European space effort were rather
mysteriously and suddenly closed down.
In 1970 Aquitaine did no field work. In late March 1970, a series of
concentrated 3.0 to 5.0 Richter-scale earthquakes commenced in the
eastern Great Sandy Desert. (Note: no earthquakes have ever been
known there since seismometers were installed in WA in 1900; also,
there is no Aboriginal racial memory of quakes in this region.)
These quakes stopped in early October 1970, only to recommence the
following year. Isolated quakes have continued every year since
1970. The late March to early October period is the only viable
field period in this region - due to the extreme temperatures of 50+
degrees Centigrade in the months of November to February.
In 1972-73, Aquitaine drilled two stratigraphic holes (both dry) and
walked away from the permit. Their annual exploration work reports
(1966-1973) should be on ’open file’ at the WA Mines Department
library in Perth; however, they are listed as confidential. No
copies exist in Perth as they are held under lock and key in
Canberra at the AGSO (ex-BMR) offices. This situation is unique in
all my WA exploration experience.
In 1973 the BMR (Bureau of Mineral Resources) published a
about the strange explosion of new earthquakes in the eastern
Sandy Desert. This report contained incorrect quake
epicenter maps -
apparently biased not to show the strange, regular positioning of
these quakes along a 10-square-kilometre-spaced grid over an 80 km
by 70 km area, with a central two-kilometer- spaced series of quakes
along two lines forming an apparently central ’aiming point’ cross.
The 1996 AGSO Mundaring Observatory epicenter data demonstrates this regular quake epicenter pattern very well. The accuracy of
determination is thought to be +/-10 km. Other Australian areas of
dense quake distribution show chaotic elliptical area spreads
clustered statistically around central points - not regular grid
lines of quakes marching through the desert. These quakes are not
due to seismic explosives - unless they used several kilotonnes at
each shot hole!
The Great Sandy Desert earthquakes are distributed almost exactly
due east of the Exmouth VLF Tx site and, intriguingly, are also
located upon a Magnetic North Pole great circle route from Exmouth’s
sister transmitter complex located at Cutler, Maine, on the
northeastern seaboard of the USA near the Canadian border.
Thus, if the several sightings concerning fireballs emanating from
Exmouth (reported during the period 1973 to 1994) to the east
towards the Great Sandy Desert are taken into account, it would
appear that this area of Australia has been utilized for the
and eventual deployment of a diabolical EM weapons system of
Slugs of EM energy could have been fired from Exmouth and steered or
explosively initiated from Cutler, and/or other US global
transmitter sites onto the target test range within the Great Sandy
Desert to initiate major earthquakes in a region previously and
totally devoid of same.
On a globe one can see that the great circle geographic polar route
north from Exmouth passes through the following locations:
Thule (US air base in Greenland)
Cutler, Maine (known VLF
Arecibo, Puerto Rico (known VLF Tx)
Tucumán, Argentina (known
Palmer and Amundsen-Scott US Antarctic bases
back to Exmouth Tx in NW Australia
Such a series of Tx sites would allow
good coverage of the entire planet.
Interestingly, the Puerto Rico site is a near exact antipodean site
for Exmouth, and both sites are areas where UFO sightings are common
- especially Arecibo, where I suspect the sightings are mainly
atmospheric Tesla light-energy-emission ’UFOs’ from the testing and
operation of both Tx EM weapon sites.
There are many fascinating coincidences in this research. Take for
instance the case of Harold E. Holt, Prime Minister of Australia
from 26 January 1966 to 19 December 1967. He disappeared whilst
swimming one Sunday - apparently after reporting to family and close
colleagues over the preceding days that he had discovered something
about the USA, its activities here and its future intentions, that
deeply offended and worried him. Intending to raise these issues in
Cabinet and then Parliament on the following Monday, he was never
Rumours of CIA assassination, shark attack or removal by Chinese
submarine have continually surfaced over the years. Recent stories
even suggest that Holt is alive and well in China...
The Exmouth Peninsula communications base is now called the "Harold
E. Holt Naval Communication Station". One would think that the
Australian Federal Police or ASIO/ASIS could have solved the
disappearance and/or possible murder of an Australian Prime Minister
in some 30 years. One does not have to look too far for a connection
and possible line of enquiry.
Then there is the case of the two young cattle-station hands who
died under very mysterious circumstances a few years ago in the
Great Sandy Desert - on the very seismic grid-lines put in by
Aquitaine Oil, and within the very area of the Great Sandy Desert
"earthquake test range"...
It would appear to be high time for Australians to do something
about this state of affairs - since we actually host a weapons
system that has led clandestinely to the deaths not only of
Australians but quite probably of tens of thousands of fellow humans
in many countries across the globe.
But all of that - the science of earthquake-inducing EM weapons
systems and their recent deployment and use on planet Earth by
Russian, Japanese and American forces - must wait until the next
article in this series.