Category: lightning

If you count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the crack of thunder that follows it, and divide it by five, that’s how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.

In 1998, all 11 members of a soccer team in Africa were killed by lightning while leaving the other team unhurt. 

In August 2010, a 13 year old British teenager was struck by lightning – at 13:13 on Friday 13. He was among 150,000 people at an airshow.

Lightning hasn’t brought down a plane since 1963, due to careful engineering that lets the electric charge of a lightning bolt run through the plane and out of it.

The 7th time that park ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning coincided with the 22nd time he fought off a bear with a stick.

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In 1980, a 62-year-old man with impaired vision and hearing got struck by lightning. When he woke up the next day, he could see and hear fine.

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The longest known lightning bolt would have reached from Brussels to London.

Taking a shower during a lightning storm is not recommended. A lightning strike can be conducted from many miles away through a water pipe. source source1

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A high school student was sucked out of an airplane after it was struck by lightning. She fell 3.2 kilometers to the ground still strapped to her chair and lived. Only to endure a 9 day walk to the nearest civilization. She was the only survivor. source source1

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