First written case of UFO in Peru, February 1600

SUBMITTER DESCRIPTION: Days before the biggest volcanic explosion in our History. The Huaynaputina volcano let Europe without summer that year, and now these ashes were found by scientists even in Greenland and Siberia. Many explosions were so loud that could be heard at least in Lima, 1,000km north, where the Viceroy feared Callao was being attacked by the English pirates and climbed the San Cristobal mountain to watch the sea. 2 days after, they knew Arequipa was destroyed on February, 19, by the Huaynaputina earthquake and ashes.

Ventura Travada y Córdoba (1695-1758), a priest, wrote in his book “The soil of Arequipa turned into sky”: “From the soft sulfur mater expelled by the volcano to the upper air region there were forming strange balloons of different sizes, flying lightly over the city, threatening to burn it and eat it, and then disappeared, turning into smoke, letting it with a fetid intolerable stench of sulfur… suddenly it appeared in the air one of these balloons over the main square, biggest than the previous seen balloons. With its horrible look it seemed to come and eat everybody. They trembled to see it and the shock grew when they saw that it was going to the main church, and entering inside the church with the speed of a thunderbolt not harming people, it came out again by the door… and going round all the cemetery, it returned to the square and disappeared, dissolving itself in pestilent smoke, letting stench of sulfure”.

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Ventura Travada y Córdoba (1695-1758) en su conocido libro: “El suelo de Arequipa convertido en cielo” dedica un capítulo —el segundo— a la erupción del volcán Huaynaputina o también conocido como: Quinistaquillas, donde hace referencia de un hecho extraño: “De la materia sulfúrea tenue, que arroja el volcán a la región superior del aire se formaban unos globos extraños y de diferente grandeza, que con ligereza volaban sobre la ciudad, amenazando quemarla y consumirla, y luego desaparecían, volviéndose en humo, que la dejaban infestada con un fétido hedor intolerable de azufre… repentinamente se apareció en el aire un globo de los referidos sobre la plaza mayor que cuanto se habían visto hasta entonces, que con horrible aspecto parecía que venía a consumirlos a todos; temblaron al mirarle, y creció el sobresalto cuando vieron que se movía así a la iglesia mayor y entrando en ella con velocidad de rayo, sin hacer daño alguno, volvió a salir por la puerta… y rodeando todo el cementerio (*) volvió a la plaza y desapareció, disolviéndose en pestífero humo dejando el infernal hedor de azufre”.

I attach drawings of the eruption made in 1600.

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