Bright lights caused by a rare natural phenomenon lit up the night sky after New Zealand was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
The uncommon occurrence was captured by Ayman Aljoj as the tremors shook outside his home in Wellington just after midnight on Sunday November 12.
An aurora-like burst of light appeared in the pitch black sky, created by vertical faults allowing stress-induced electrical currents to flow rapidly to the surface.
Ayman said: “I was very scared, as I thought it was something big that struck the earth, like another planet or a star.
“I couldn’t figure out the relationship between the ground shaking under my feet and the the sky up above.
“All I was able to remember and ask for help from is God.
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