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Bizarre Cases of People Cursed by Lightning

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Bizarre Cases of People Cursed by Lightning

Few forces of nature are as visually impressive, unpredictable, and awe inspiring as lightning. With its crackling, branching tendrils of pure, sizzling electricity, accompanied by ominous booming thunder, it is a breathtakingly beautiful phenomenon that has understandably long been a fixture in human myths, legends, and religions. Lightning is also a dangerous beauty, capable of reaching out over vast distances to lash out at trees, buildings, and yes people, to cause massive damage in the blink of an eye, earning the fear and respect of civilizations throughout history. Indeed lightning and the destructive power it wields have been a symbol...

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We Finally Know What Causes Volcanic Lightning

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We Finally Know What Causes Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic lightning is one of nature’s most epic displays, but what exactly causes the phenomenon is a longstanding mystery. Now, by studying high-speed footage of electrified volcanic outbursts at Mount Sakurajima, scientists have arrived at an answer—and it points to a new method for predicting powerful eruptions. Most of us are familiar with how lightning forms in thunderclouds, when negatively charged particles at the bottom of the cloud are drawn to positively charged particles on the surface of the Earth. Eventually, this electrostatic attraction can overcome the insulating properties of the air, producing a giant electric spark. While similar in...

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Lightning Strike a Plane in China

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Deadly European lightning storms to continue for another three days before coming to UK

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Deadly European lightning storms to continue for another three days before coming to UK

Lightning storms which have killed at least one man and injured many others are set to continue for three more days in central Europe before heading west to Britain, forecasters have warned. Witnesses said there were “no clouds in the sky” before a summer storm struck a children’s football match in western Germany on Saturday, injuring 35, including the referee who went into cardiac arrest after being hit directly by lightning. A hiker descending a mountain in south-west Poland was killed by a bolt of lightning, while a 61-year-old man in the same region drowned in flash flooding. And in...

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