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Thu, 04/10/2014 05:30 PM Killed boy   15.0  Kogi  
 Nigeria 
      Outside 
Sam Egwu  April 10, 2014 Lightning during rainfall in Lokoja, Kogi State has killed a 15-year-old boy. The victim is the son of a director in the state Ministry of Information, Alhaji Kashim Imam, The incident occurred at Otokiti Housing Estate, on Lokoja-Okene-Kabba road, adjacent the Army Barracks in the state capital on Tuesday evening. A source within the estate told LEADERSHIP that while it was raining at about 5:30 pm on the said day, there was thunder, followed by lightning, which struck and killed the boy. Narrating how it happened, the mother of the deceased said she was in the room when it was raining and suddenly, there was a lightning flash and the boy who was outside playing in the open field of the estate with some of his friends was struck dead.
Thu, 04/10/2014 09:00 AM Killed 2 killed   0.0   
 Bangladesh 
http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2014/04/10/2       
Thu, 04/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured 8 football players  0.0   
 Austria 
      Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Austrian player in coma and 7 others injured as lightning strikes football field Ryan Bailey By Ryan Bailey April 8, 2014 12:38 PM Dirty Tackle (heute.at) . View photo (heute.at) An Austrian lower league match between FC Notsch and FC Sillian was postponed on Sunday when lightning hit the pitch shortly before kick off. According to aargauerzeitung.ch, a heavy rain storm began soon after the teams came onto the field, at which point the coaches ordered everyone to head back indoors. But before the players had the chance to seek shelter, a crack of lightning hit the field, injuring eight players. View gallery . (Sport.ro) Two Sillian players were injured badly, with the electrical bolt leaving them motionless on the field. One was Alexander Böhm, who told an Austrian TV station that he was "touched" by the lightning, but has left intensive care and has since made a full recovery. Here's how he described the experience: "I can not tell you how it felt. I felt a tingling sensation all over and I can still remember that someone said that it smells smoky." Böhm's teammate Thomas Walder, meanwhile, was the man to whom the lightning was attracted the most. He was apparently struck in the chest and had to be resuscitated by players and staff for 20 minutes until an ambulance helicopter arrived. View gallery . (101gg.com) The 24-year-old was put into a coma at a nearby hospital and, at the time of writing, is said to be in a stable condition. DT sends its best wishes to Walder and shakes its fist at the sky to Zeus, Thor, Raiden from Mortal Kombat and all the other Thunder God jerks
Fri, 04/04/2014 12:00 PM unknown 3 children  0.0  Habiganj 
 Bangladesh 
  playing in field    Field,Outside 
Three schoolchildren were killed by lightning at Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj this afternoon. The deceased are  Tanjeel, 15, son of Nanu Mia of Uttar Surma village; Rekha, 7, daughter of Shafique Mia and Nadira, 9, daughter of Ahmad Ali of Bulla Pukurpar village. The children were playing on a field adjacent to their residence during the rain in the afternoon, reports our Habiganj correspondent. The thunderbolt struck them around 2:45pm, said Abdul Based, officer-in-charge of Madhabpur Police Station. All of them died on spot, the OC added.
Fri, 04/04/2014 07:00 AM Killed Abul Kalam Sheikh  45.0   
 Bangladesh 
  farming    Farming,Outside,Work 
Tue, 04/01/2014 06:00 PM Killed student  14.0  Alor Gajah  
 Kuala Lumpur 
      Delayed Death,Outside,School 
KUALA LUMPUR: A form one student, who slipped into a coma after being struck by lightning on Tuesday, was pronounced dead at the Melaka Hospital at 3.50pm on Thursday. According to a report by news portal Malaysia Gazette, the 13-year-old Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) student was in critical condition after being struck by lightning at his school field in Alor Gajah. The student from Shah Alam was walking back to his hostel with a group of other students when the incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday. He was immediately brought to the Alor Gajah Hospital before receiving further treatment at the Melaka Hospital. His body was brought to his home in Bukit Jelutong and will buried at the Perkuburan Islam Seksyen 21 in Shah Alam at 10am tomorrow, said Mara Director of Corporate Communication Rohayah Mohd Zain, who was quoted in Sinar Harian.
Tue, 04/01/2014 04:00 PM Injured Alan Stephensom  40.0  Markfield  
 UK 
  outside holding umbrella    Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Teacher is struck by lightning - but decides show must go on at Brookvale High By Leicester Mercury | Posted: April 01, 2014 By Fiona Dryden Struck: 'I was holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me,' says Alan Stephenson Struck: 'I was holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me,' says Alan Stephenson Comments (0) A teacher in a school musical refused to make a song and dance about it when he was struck by lightning hours before he was due on stage. Alan Stephenson was due to play the horn in the school's production of Oliver! last Thursday night, but at 4pm he was struck down by a bolt from the blue as he set out to take charge of school sport fixtures. The heavens opened as his school  South Charnwood High, in Markfield  got ready to take on students from Brookvale High, Groby. The 40-year-old PE teacher said: "The sky had gone completely dark and the rain was torrential in the moments leading up to it. "I was greeting the other teams off the bus and holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me. "Thankfully, I was holding its plastic handle at the time, otherwise I think it would have been far more serious. "It all happened in a millisecond but the bolt travelled down the umbrella in a sea of sparks and down into my arm, leaving me with some pain. "Rather than feeling incredibly unlucky to be hit, I just feel lucky to be alive. "I know it could have been fatal so I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't holding the metal piece of the umbrella. "There wasn't any lightning before the strike and there was none after. It was just a complete one off. "I didn't want to make a huge fuss of it because all the students were there, but once the fixtures were under way, my knees went a bit weak and I had to sit down and have a strong cup of tea." The poor weather also caused some delays to other members of the band. Alan said: "When the production director found out the pianist was stuck in traffic and I'd been hit by lightning, she was more than a little bit worried, but I was determined that I could still play, so the show went on without any hitches." It was not until the next day that Alan visited hospital. "I was advised by another member of staff, whose son is an electrician, to go and get checked out because it could have affected my heart. "She had told him what had happened and he said that you can never be too careful where electricity is concerned." Alan visited Loughborough's walk-in centre where his heart was monitored before being given the all-clear. His wife did not find out about the drama until the next day. He said: "I was so late getting home that I didn't get to speak to her about it that night. "She was naturally a bit concerned when she found out. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20140104064835_story.html.htm#ixzz2xuvDU7Lp
Mon, 03/31/2014 01:00 PM Injured Emily Davis  31.0  South Berkely CA 
 USA 
  standing on corner with umbrella     Indirect,Outside,Umbrella 
Emily Davis was struck by lightning in Berkeley on Monday while crossing the road during a dramatic storm. Although she was shaken and suffered some after-effects, Davis was not seriously injured. However the experience, she said, has left her feeling lucky to be alive. Davis, 31, was standing on the median at the intersection of Adeline and Stuart streets at around 1 p.m. when she was struck. She was heading to Berkeley Bowl to buy lunch for her boyfriend who works at the nearby Berkeley Honda. She heard a first clap of thunder which, she said, sounded like a bomb exploding. The first she knew of being struck was when she felt a terrible metallic taste in her mouth. Then I saw an orb of light travel down the umbrella handle I was holding in my right hand, Davis said. Thankfully I was holding the plastic end of the umbrella, or else I wouldve been in big trouble, she told Berkeleyside. Davis heart began beating very fast. I think out of both the literal and physical shock, she said. And her left arm  not the one she was using to hold the umbrella  started shaking uncontrollably. The coffee she was holding in her left hand was thrown to the ground. The median on Adeline Street at Stuart near Berkeley Bowl where Davis was struck by lightning. Photo: Google Maps It was absolutely terrifying, she said Monday evening. My heart was racing. I am just thankful that my shoes had no metal in them. The metallic taste in her mouth persisted. Later in the evening, after Davis boyfriend had driven her home, he kissed her goodbye and said she tasted strongly of metal. Davis, who moved to the Bay Area from Missouri seven years ago and works in San Francisco, said the experience became even more significant after she called her father. He told me that my great great great grandfather was struck and killed by lightning while sitting on a horse, she said. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 500,000. About 60 people each year are killed by lightning in the United States, and several hundred are injured. Remarkably cheerful, and grateful that she escaped a worse fate, Davis laughed while pointing out the irony of growing up in a state that sees a lot of thunderstorms, and then being struck by lightning in Berkeley where bolts of lightning are fairly rare. Davis was curious to know if her experience might have been caught on film and, once safely home, called Walgreens, which has a store adjacent to the spot where she was struck, and the city of Berkeley, to inquire about the location of security cameras. Both said they did not have cameras trained on that location. I want proof, Davis said. Shortly after being struck, Davis heard a second loud thunderclap and saw the Berkeley Fire Department at Station 5 on Shattuck Avenue respond to what she later realized was the exploding redwood tree on Holly and Buena that saw large chunks of wood flying as far as two blocks away after being shredded by a lightning bolt. It reenforced for her the significance of what had happened. Meanwhile Davis father, who, like her grandfather, is an electrician, told her it could have been much more serious. I could have been burned, or my heart could have stopped, she said. Im feeling so lucky.
Sat, 03/22/2014 12:00 PM Killed Stefanie Wiedenroth 1 of 5  22.0  Bruce Rock  
 Australia 
  walking in paddock  N/A  CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Farming,Outside,Work 
A YOUNG German backpacker remains in a critical condition she was struck by a freak lightning strike in rural WA on Friday. Stefanie Wiedenroth was working for a sheep crutching contractor at Muntadgin near Bruce Rock when she was hit just before 9am. The 22-year-olds employer Darren Major said he was standing about 25m away from Ms Wiedenroth went down. We were getting ready to work and Stefanie was walking around in a paddock getting ready, he said. Right above us it was basically blue skies but just off to the west of us there were clouds brewing but nothing to be concerned about; it was basically just a normal day. It was just a freak lightning strike, thats the only way I can describe it. Mr Major said four other people standing close to Ms Wiedenroth at the time the lightning hit were also thrown to the ground but werent seriously injured. I was next to a truck and a spark jumped from the truck to my side, about a two to three inch spark, he said. I didnt get pushed over but it certainly made me jump. This morning it felt like Ive woken up after a game of football; the right side of my ribs are sore and it just feels like somebody has punched me in the back of the head on the left hand side. Workers performed CPR on Ms Wiedenroth for about six minutes while Mr Major called for help. They then drove her to Bruce Rock Hospital and she was later flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A lightning storm between Merredin and Bruce Rock taken by Western Power Linesman Ryan As A lightning storm between Merredin and Bruce Rock taken by Western Power Linesman Ryan Ash. Source: Supplied Shortly after Ms Wiedenroth was hit, Merredin local Ryan Ash photographed the imposing storm in the region. It is believed this is Ms Wiedenroths second solo backpacking trip to Australia and her second trip to Muntadgin in the WA Wheatbelt. Mr Major said Ms Wiedenroth had many friends in the tight-knit community and was well-liked. Shes full of energy, really enjoyed the country lifestyle. She said it was a totally different experience from Germany, he said. We just hope that she pulls through and makes a recovery from this but at this stage Im not too sure. It is believed Ms Wiedenroths family are flying into Perth from Germany tomorrow. German tourist killed by lightning in WA YAHOO!7 AND AGENCIES March 24, 2014, 10:53 pm Share Facebook Twitter G+ Pinterest Mail German tourist killed by lightning in WA German tourist killed by lightning in WA A German backpacker who was struck by lightning in rural Western Australia last week has died in hospital. Stefanie Wiedenroth was working for a sheep crutching contractor near Bruce Rock, in the Eastern Wheatbelt region, when she was hit on Friday morning. She was taken to Bruce Rock Hospital and then by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Royal Perth Hospital. Ms Wiedenroth, 22, had been in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital but died on Monday, Worksafe confirmed. It is understood her parents flew from Germany to Perth on the weekend to be at her bedside. Ms Wiedenroth's colleague Darren Major told Seven News he met Ms Wiedenroth's parents yesterday. "I believe they would like to come and visit where she was staying while they're in Australia," he said. Four other people standing close to Ms Wiedenroth when the lightning hit were also reportedly thrown to the ground but were not seriously injured. A sheep farmer, who did not want to be named, was metres away from her when the lightning struck. He described the strike as vicious. "It was very traumatic," he said on Friday. WorkSafe is conducting an investigation.
Sun, 03/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed man camping, 1 of 4   0.0  Bloemfontein  
 South Africa 
  camp site    Camping,Outside 
Johannesburg - One person was killed and three others injured when they were struck by lightning in Bloemfontein, paramedics said on Sunday. The four were struck on Saturday evening at a camp site near Tierpoort dam, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring. Four adults were lying on the ground when the paramedics arrived. "Paramedics discovered one of the patients had been fatally wounded while the other three had sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical, including severe burns." The injured were treated on the scene before they were taken to hospital, said Meiring.
Fri, 03/14/2014 09:20 PM Injured 14 ARMY RECRUITS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING  0.0  Manzini  
 Swaziland 
      Military,Tent 
MANZINI  A total of 14 army recruits were rushed to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital after they were struck by lightning on Wednesday evening. The incident occurred at around 9:20pm at Mbuluzi Army Barracks. The survivors arrived at the RFM in 977 ambulances which were called to collect them from the barracks, while some came in army vehicles. Some were reportedly sent to other medical facilities as the hospitals Emergency Room (ER) had become crowded. When reporters from this publication arrived at the hospital at 11:30pm on Wednesday six of the recruits were in a critical condition, lying on the hospital beds at the ER covered in blankets. Treated Others were seated on the benches waiting to be treated by the doctors and nurses, while others were in a stable condition. Most of the recruits who were accompanied by army officials were released from the hospital in the early hours of yesterday. Information gathered is that the USDF recruits were struck by the lightning while sleeping inside the tents at the barracks. Some had been seated and relaxing when the incident occurred. When the lightning struck, the recruits reportedly tried escaping towards other shelters, however, they fell. USDF nurses and paramedics tried assisting by administering first aid assistance, however, they called for backup from the 977 ambulances. USDF Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Second Lieutenant Nkosinathi Dlamini confirmed the incident and said it was a natural phenomenon which occurred after 9pm at the barracks. It is a very unfortunate incident which occurred when most places were experiencing lightning in the country. The 14 recruits were struck by the lightning while inside the tents used for shelter and after first aid was administered, they were all rushed to the RFM Hospital as some had fainted, Dlamini said. Stable He further stated that the recruits are now in a stable condition and had all returned to the barracks. Meanwhile, the USDF pass-out is going to be held on March 21, 2014 at Nokwane Army Headquarters. Every morning, the recruits go through rehearsals at the barracks in preparation for the pass-out. This is not the first unfortunate incident to befall the army as a recruit is said to have died under questionable circumstances recently.
Fri, 03/07/2014 05:00 PM Injured man   55.0  Sydney  
 Australia 
  in backyard    Outside,Yard 
THE skies unleashed chaos on Sydney last night as a man was struck by lightning amid a vicious storm cell which battered the citys west. As widespread flooding, power outages and hail wrecked havoc across the western suburbs, a 55-year-old was hit by lightning in Baulkham Hills. The Daily Telegraph has been told the man was in the backyard of his Cropley Drive home when he was struck at about 5pm. NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman Wayne Phillips said he was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. We performed first aid until the paramedics got there, he said. He was conscious but very disoriented  as you would be if you were struck by lightning. The city was last night bucketed with torrential rain after a storm approached from the Blue Mountains. We were driving home from Sydney, it was hot and sunny and then out of nowhere we were i Dylan Swain driving home from Sydney said it was hot and sunny and then out of nowhere we were in the middle of a hail storm! Picture: twitter.com/2MTUJc7frU Source: Twitter Blue Mountains storm activity. The stillness, the storm rumbling in the distance is amaz In the Blue Mountains the storm can ben seen and heard rumbling away in the distance. Picture: Instagram/Jesikacarey Source: Instagram Mount Boyce, near Blackheath, received more than 36mm of rain in little more than an hour while more than 13,000 homes lost power. Endeavour Energy customers in Holroyd, Wentworthville, Westmead, Merrylands, Seven Hills, Middleton Grange, Pendle Hill, Greystanes, and Austral were blacked out after lightning struck high voltage power lines leading to a major substation. This late afternoon storm coming across Sydney Harbour was taken by Kevin McFarlane This late afternoon storm coming across Sydney Harbour was taken by Kevin McFarlane Source: Supplied Flash flooding was also reported at properties around Lithgow. Sydney has been dished up with a forecast of similar wet and gloomy weather for the next week at least, with showers expected to return late this morning and set in. Huge storm heading for Sydney Lisa Collins said the hail looked like snow. Picture: twitter.com/fzk0kHjfnD Source: Twitter The blue skies of summer are fast becoming little more than a memory and Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Zmijewski said the outlook was bleak. Its the wettest time of the year, he said. I wouldnt call it gloomy but we will probably have a shower or two overnight and throughout the next couple of days. At this time of the year, most often, were getting this type of weather. But Mr Zmijewski  himself a keen swimmer  said rain should be no deterrent to diving beneath the waves. If youre going for a swim it doesnt matter if its raining because youre wet anyway, he said.
Mon, 03/03/2014 12:00 PM Killed man   55.0   
 Sri Lanka 
      On a Roof,Outside 
A father of three of Kurupanawa, Galle died after being struck by lightning on Monday. The dead man was identified as Kokmudalige Upasena, 55, of Ukhenkanda. The man was struck by lightning while repairing the roof of his house during rain. Upasena was rushed to Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where he died. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20140603022500_quick-look-03-03-2014.htm#sthash.qEKP3VQV.dpuf
Sat, 03/01/2014 12:00 PM unknown Did Daytona wait too long to alert fans of storm?  0.0  Daytona FL 
 USA 
      Bad Safety info 
Weather.com is criticizing NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway for neglecting to inform fans of the true potential of storms approaching the speedway. The article, written by Eric Zerkel reminds readers of the death of a man at the Pocono Raceway two years ago from a lightning strike. As the race was first underway this past Sunday in Daytona Beach, there were already lightning advisories in the area. According to the report, officials waited a full hour before alerting fans of the potential risks of sitting in conductive stands in a thunderstorm. 150,000 fans. Andrew Booth, a spokesperson with the Speedway says that it is the track's decision to clear the stands, not NASCAR. He added that they closely monitor the National Weather Service out of Melbourne, as the track does not employ a meteorologist. "The safety of our fans is our number one priority here at the speedway," said Booth. Track drying Track drying Photo by: Covy Moore "We have a plan in place to monitor the weather, and if necessary, take the proper steps to communicate to the fans in the event of a severe weather system in the area. We use a lot of different methods to do that, from social media, our text messaging system, PA announcements, our video screens on property; all of those methods can provide that information quickly. So once we have an alert for severe weather, we'll provide our race fans every 30 minutes a weather update until the system dissipates." The first updates the fans were given from the track was issued at 2:50 p.m., 37 minutes after the race was stopped and rain began to fall. Additionally, the report says the first lightning advisory was issued at 1:50, 23 minutes before the red flag, and a full hour before the track told fans of the risk. During that hour, there were tornado warning and extreme thunderstorm warning issued, without being passed on to fans. Lastly, the track does not offer any sort of refuge for extreme weather conditions. Aside from the turn one tunnel, much of the track is open and tall. The communication lines at the track were open, between the weather service and the track, but fans were left in the dark during the most dangerous time of Feb. 23rd's storm. What went wrong? LIKE 0%0% March 1, 2014 at 7:13pm
Sat, 03/01/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman  0.0  Jammu Kashmir 
 India 
       
Fri, 02/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Varanasi 
 India 
       
VARANASI: The lightning and thundershower claimed two lives in Varanasi and Mirzapur districts on Friday. According to reports, Dharmedra Patel (31), a farmer of Khargupur village under Jansa police station in Varanasi was working in his field in afternoon when lightning took place and he died on the spot. Besides, Ghumar (45), a native of Bhitra village under Lalganj police station in Mirzapur district was returning home when he died due to lightning. Heavy rainfall lashed the city on Thursday night while thundershowers were also experienced on Friday afternoon. Rainfall of 16mm was recorded in Varanasi till Thursday evening. Heavy loss of crops is being estimated due to heavy rainfall. The price of vegetables has also started increasing due to bad weather conditions.
Fri, 02/28/2014 11:16 AM Injured man  36.0  Fresno CA 
 USA 
      Outside 
By Matt Stevens February 28, 2014, 4:24 p.m. A 36-year-old man was being treated at a Fresno hospital Friday after being struck by lightning, authorities said. A deputy found the man unresponsive about 11:16 a.m. at the corner of Manning and Grantland avenues in Raisin City after responding to a report of a man injured, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The deputy performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived, and the unidentified man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Doctors said the man had injuries consistent with a lightning strike, including an entry wound & near his left armpit and exit wounds on his feet, the sheriffs statement said. Investigators later determined the man had gone to the area to seek employment at an oil derrick. Sheriffs officials said there were no witnesses to the accident. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-man-struck-by-lightning-20140228,0,1222279.story#ixzz2ufjtCpL9
Thu, 02/27/2014 12:00 PM Killed Devkaran Ambaram  32.0  Gwala village Indore 
 India 
       
INDORE: Lightning claimed one more life in Dhar district on Tuesday. The incident took place at Gwala village of the district. SDM Dhar, Sudhir Pare said, "Devkaran Ambaram, 32, resident of Gwala village died after being struck by lightning late in the afternoon." Two more deaths were reported to have occurred in Limbdapura village of Manawar tehsil, but officials did not confirm it. District collector CB Singh said, "We are having information about only one death as of now."
Sun, 02/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed, 6 injured  0.0   
 Nepal 
       
PALPA, Feb 16: The lightning that struck amid torrential rain-falls killed one and injured as many as six people in the district. The dead is identified as 61-year-old Karna Bahadur Sunari of Kachal VDC-1, conformed District Police Office, Palpa. The injured in the incident are Mina Lamtari, 11, Hira Bahadur Lamtari, 34, Subas Singh Chidi, 12, Umi Gharti, 25, and Shanta Gharti, 28. The lighting had struck while the family members were staying in the house. Seriously injured Karna Bahadur Shrestha, who was rushed to Butwal-based Lumbuni Zonal Hospital, breathed his last while undergoing treatment. The injured are receiving treatment at the same hospital. Published on 2014-02-16 13:46:51
Fri, 02/14/2014 12:00 PM unknown Why Do Thousands of Lightning Bolts Strike This Sa  0.0   
 Venezuela 
      Science 
Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo is home to a very rare and violent phenomenon: hundreds of nights each year, often for several hours per night, a single spot on the lake is hammered by tens of thousands of lightning strikes... and no one seems to know why. Lightning2 Photo: Elizabeth Delgado Locals call this nightmarish fireworks display the everlasting storm, and for good reason: it can go on for 10 hours a night, contains the highest concentration of lightning strikes in the world (over 1.2 million a year), and the multicolored flashes can be seen from 250 miles away. While written accounts of the terrifying sight date back to the 16th century, natives to the area are unaware that the apocalyptic performance doesn't happen in any other part of the world; in fact, they've used its light for generations to guide their boats. Scientists have speculated about what causes the Beacon of Maracaibo (like extreme drops in atmospheric pressure, shifts in weather patterns or ignition of methane gases), but the phenomenon still remains a mystery. Want more hair-raising tales of bizarre electrical phenomena? Check out what a freak high-voltage jolt did to this poor man's eyeballs... - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141702065805_why-do-thousands-lightning-bolts-strike-same-spot-every-night.htm#sthash.O7zrfD6E.dpuf
Thu, 02/06/2014 12:00 PM unknown FAA to examine airport towers after controller str  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
      Airplane,Science 
WASHINGTON -- A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned. The FAA will be looking for problems with the lightning protection systems for airport towers, where air traffic controllers do the vital job of choreographing the landings and takeoffs of tens of thousands of flights each day. Advertisement The FAA told the AP about the planned assessments of the towers' lightning protection systems after responding to a Freedom of Information Act request about the Sept. 12, 2013, lightning strike at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. FAA said in a statement that the accident was "the first of its kind in FAA history," and the agency plans on "assessing the condition" of lightning protection systems at the 440 air traffic control towers it is responsible for across the country. In particular, the agency said it will examine lightning protection at more than 200 towers that were built prior to 1978, when the FAA first issued standards for the protection systems. Because of their height, airport towers have a greater chance of being struck by lightning, and tower designers plan for the bolts. Towers are built with lightning rods and wiring to direct the electrical current from a strike harmlessly into the ground. That protects the tower and equipment from damage and protects the air traffic controllers working inside. But the system in place at BWI's airport tower failed last Sept. 12 during an afternoon thunderstorm. As lightning flashed and a wall of rain moved in, air traffic controller Edward Boyd, who was working in the tower, saw sparks and heard an electrical snap coming from a piece of equipment that controls runway lighting. A few minutes later, he turned on a generator to ensure the airport's runway lighting stayed on, part of a standard procedure during a storm. Boyd had his right hand on the generator switch when he saw lightning flash outside and felt a shock on his ring finger. "It basically felt like somebody had whacked me on the tip of the finger with a tool of some kind," he said during a recent interview, describing a stinging sensation. Boyd, an air traffic controller for more than 30 years, dropped to one knee and told colleagues: "I got hit." Boyd was taken to the hospital and wasn't allowed to return to work for about two months. He says lingering nerve problems in his hand will require surgery, and he called the incident a "fluke." John Dunkerly, president of BWI's chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said he had never heard of a similar incident in his more than 30 years in air traffic control. Air traffic controllers ultimately stopped all arrivals and departures at the airport, one of the nation's 30 busiest, for more than two hours because of concerns about the tower's safety. More than 100 flights were canceled and around 75 delayed that afternoon and evening, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed that an investigation after the strike identified several electrical issues in Baltimore's tower, which was built in 1960 and renovated in 1983. For example, one cable designed to take electrical current from a lightning strike to the ground had been cut during construction at the airport, probably years ago. Chuck Graves, who heads the FAA office that oversees airport towers' lightning protection, wrote in an email to colleagues that given the "demonstrated vulnerability of the facility," the tower's lightning protection systems should be overhauled. The FAA told the AP it has approved $400,000 to address the tower's lightning protection systems. Preliminary work started there this week. The FAA is also working on replacing the tower itself. The agency said in 2013 that officials had begun preliminary planning for a new tower at the airport, and the FAA has a program in place to replace aging facilities. On average, air traffic control towers are 26 years old and in many cases, they do not meet today's building requirements, the FAA said in a 2013 budget document submitted to Congress. As for the assessments of other towers, it is not clear when those will begin. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said they are now in the planning stages. Assessments of older towers and towers at airports where there is a lot of construction will likely take priority, and once the assessments are completed, the agency may need to request additional money to do repairs, Lunsford said.
Fri, 01/31/2014 02:00 PM Killed 2 people  0.0   
 Zimbabwe 
       
Two people from Dombodema village outside Beit Bridge were killed by lightning in two separate events during the weekend. Police spokesperson, Insp Philisani Ndebele said Iswelihle Gumbo (13) was killed while her mother, Singathini Gumbo (35) and uncle, Butho Ndlovu (30), survived the incident. He said the trio were working in their field in Dombodema at around 17:00 on Friday when lightning struck them before they could seek shelter. As it started to rain, Iswelihle was struck by lightning and she died instantly, while her mother and uncle were taken to hospital for treatment, said Ndebele. In another incident a 34-year-old woman from the same village was also killed by a bolt of lightning while tending her fields on the same day. The councillor, Mr Toni Mlotshwa, said the woman, Ms Thembeni Nxumalo was found dead in the field by a relative on Friday afternoon. She was alone tending her fields when the incident occurred, Mlotshwa said.
Wed, 01/29/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 4 family member  0.0   
 Zambia 
      Ungrounded Shelter 
By MUBANGA NONDO FOUR members of the same family, including a set of two-year-old twins have died after being struck by lightning. The bodies of the four of Ofa village in Chief Chiwalas area in Kafulafuta were charred when lightning struck the hut where they sought shelter from the rains. Copperbelt acting commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa confirmed the incident yesterday and named the victims as Harriet Mushimuta, 61, Magdalene Lameki, 22, and the two-year-old twins as Eunice and Maggie Kasempa. The incident happened around 16 hours on Sunday. We have received an unfortunate report of four members of the same family in Kafulafuta who were struck by lightning on Sunday. The four died on the spot and they have since been buried, Ms Kasosa added. She said the charred bodies of the deceased were only picked up from the scene on Monday by well-wishers, adding that one of the twins died whilst she was on the back of her mother. The four were buried yesterday.
Tue, 01/28/2014 12:00 AM Injured 4 injurd  0.0  saint-Jean-de-Luz  
 France 
      Crane,Work 
Four men on a building site in France were shocked and burnt yesterday morning after a bolt of lightning hit a tower crane in Saint-Jean-de-Luz just South of Biarritz in the South West of the country. Two of the four men are seriously injured and were rushed to a hospital in Beyonne while the other two were treated in the local hospital. The crane operator, 30 metres up in his cab, was uninjured in the incident, although somewhat shocked. He described the event as a massive ball of fire and a huge noise which rocked the crane as it ran down the jib and tower to earth
Sun, 01/26/2014 12:00 PM Injured 2 men  0.0  Snowdonia  
 UK 
      Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
Two walkers have been airlifted to hospital with burns to their feet after a bolt of ­lightning struck the ground next to them. The men, aged 37 and 58, were near a summit in Snowdonia when they were trapped by the electrical storm, yesterday. A mountain rescue team called in an RAF Sea King ­helicopter to pluck the pair, from Bucks, to safety. RAF Sgt Dave Currie said: "The men thought the lightning had struck just a couple of feet from them. "They took their walking boots off, their socks had been burned and they had blisters and burns on their feet. "It was frightening for them but they were very lucky." Few people are killed by lightning each year in the UK, but dozens are injured. The likelihood of being struck in this country is reportedly just 1 in 1.2 million, with a 1 in 19 million chance of being killed. Bolts of lightning travel at thousands of miles per second and discharge around 30,000 amps of electrical power. Violent storms battered parts of Britain this afternoon bringing dramatic lightning flashes and huge hailstones. Spectacular pictures showed the thunder storms which caught many people by complete surprise. Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/snowdonia-lightning-strike-mountain-walkers-3062623#ixzz2rjpB1JwD Follow us: @DailyMirror on Twitter | DailyMirror on Facebook
Sat, 01/25/2014 12:00 PM Killed At least 10 killed after blast at Congo arms dump  0.0   
 Congo 
      Military 
KINSHASA (Reuters) - An explosion at an arms depot in Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 10 people in a nearby town on Friday, according to a senior local government official. The blast occurred after a lightning strike apparently sparked a fire at the depot near Mbuji-Mayi, a diamond mining hub that is the capital of Congo's Kasai-Oriental province and the country's third largest city. Vicky Kazumba, spokesman for the provincial governor, said shells from the depot exploded and landed in the town, about 6 km (4 miles) away. "In the town I have seen 10 dead, and maybe five injured ... The damage nearer the depot will be worse." There was no immediate word on casualties at a military base near the depot and home to many soldiers' families. Kazumba and two other local sources said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a lightning strike. "When the depot exploded, shells flew in all directions," said Jean Alexis Kasuasua, president of the local civil society organisation. "There are many injured, there are serious injuries, amputees. There are also dead, but we are still verifying numbers. It seems the depot caught fire after a lightning strike caused a huge electrical surge." Mbuji-Mayi is the heart of Congo's diamond mining industry, towards Congo's southern border with Angola. Congo is rich in natural resources, including copper, cobalt and gold as well as diamonds, but decades of war and rampant corruption mean most of the 65 million Congolese live in abject poverty. (Reporting By Peter Jones; Editing by Larry King)
Wed, 01/22/2014 12:00 PM Killed man  0.0  Godhra  
 India 
       
VADODARA: A man working at a brick kiln near Godhra died after he was struck by lightening that hit the shanty he was staying in. The victim's brother also suffered minor injuries. Pappu Jadhap (25) of Sikandra Rao in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh had come to work at the brick kiln at Ranchhodnagar with his family. He was sleeping along with his wife and one-year-old son when lightening struck on Tuesday. He was electrocuted while his wife and son were thrown away by the impact of the lightening. Jadhap's brother Sanjay came to help him and was injured. Jadhap is survived by his wife, three children and parents. Meanwhile a Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited employee was injured in Vadodara when he received an electrical shock accidentally while carrying out repairs on a power line near Manjalpur ward office of Vadodara Municipal Corporation. He fell from a height due to the shock, but sustained only minor injuries. Two cows also died at Makarpura due to an electrical shock. It is believed that they got electrocuted due to the current running through an electricity pole.
Sat, 01/18/2014 12:00 PM Killed man and son  0.0  Kamlapur 
 India 
       
A 42-year-old man and his teenager son were killed after being hit by lightning in Kamlapur area here. Raju and his son Pankaj (14) were killed when lightning struck them in Hariharpur Jamarkha village last evening, sources said today. The bodies were sent for post mortem today, SDM Sidhauli Mritunjya Ram said. District administration has sanctioned a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh for Raju's family, sources said.
Fri, 01/17/2014 12:00 PM unknown Ball Lightning  0.0   
 China 
      Science 
Focus: First Spectrum of Ball Lightning Published January 17, 2014 | Physics 7, 5 (2014) | DOI: 10.1103/Physics.7.5 Researchers measured a spectrum of light emitted by the rare and elusive ball lightning. Observation of the Optical and Spectral Characteristics of Ball Lightning Jianyong Cen, Ping Yuan, and Simin Xue Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 035001 (2014) Published January 17, 2014 +Enlarge image Figure 1 J. Cen, P. Yuan, and S. Xue, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) Lucky strike. The spectrum of a cloud-to-ground lightning strike and of the ball lightning it generated. The ball lightning is the white dot at the far left, and its spectrum is the slightly brighter band of colors at the foot of the irregularly shaped main lightning spectrum. (See video below.) J. Cen, P. Yuan, and S. Xue, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) 1.3 seconds of real-time video slowed down to show the ball lightnings evolution in shape, color, and brightness and its associated spectrum. Ball lightning has been one of the most mysterious natural phenomena for centuries, partly because it is so rare and transient and therefore hard to investigate. But a fortuitous observation during field experiments in China to study ordinary lightning, reported in Physical Review Letters, has now provided what seems to be the first measurement of the emission spectrum of ball lightning. The data suggest that the glowing ball was composed of elements from soil, consistent with one popular theory. Ball lightning typically appears during thunderstorms as a glow, ranging from the size of a golf ball to several meters across, which floats in the air for between one second and tens of seconds. There are many historical reports of such fireballs injuring or even killing people and setting buildings alight, and they have sometimes been given supernatural explanations. Scientific theories of ball lightning abound, with varying degrees of plausibility. Glowing plasma balls have been created artificially by passing intense microwaves through air [1] or by underwater electrical discharges [2]. But such laboratory experiments may not bear any relation to ball lightning formation in the natural environmentabout which very little is known, since there has been almost no solid data. One popular theory is that ball lightning is caused when lightning striking the ground vaporizes some of the silicate minerals in soil. Carbon in the soil strips the silicates of oxygen through chemical reactions, creating a gas of energetic silicon atoms. These then recombine to form nanoparticles or filaments which, while still floating in air, react with oxygen, releasing heat and emitting the glow [3]. If thats so, one should expect to see atomic emission lines of silicon and other soil elements in the spectrum. That is what Ping Yuan and co-workers from Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China, now report. They had set up spectrometers on the remote Qinghai Plateau of northwest China to investigate ordinary lightning, which is frequent in this region. During one late-evening thunderstorm in July 2012, they saw ball lightning appear just after a lightning strike about 900 meters from their apparatus and were able to record a spectrum and high-speed video footage of the ball. The recorded glow was about 5 meters acrossthe actual size of the ball was much smallerand it changed from white to reddish during the second or so that it lasted. Although the darkness prevented the researchers from estimating the balls altitude, they saw it drift horizontally for about 10 meters and ascend about 3 meters. Yuan says that this is the first time ball lightning has been seen to be created by a cloud-to-ground lightning strike. The researchers found that the spectrum contained several emission lines from silicon, iron, and calciumall elements expected to be abundant in soil. One would also expect aluminum to be present, given its abundance in soil minerals. But the researchers couldnt confirm that, as there are no emission lines of neutral aluminum atoms within the spectral range of their instrument (wavelengths of 4001000 nanometers). The team also used their video data to plot the ball lightnings intensity and apparent diameter as they varied in time, down to the millisecond time-scale. I think that this is a unique observation that is probably of ball lightning, or one type of ball lightning, says lightning specialist Martin Uman of the University of Florida in Gainesville. There have been many research programs that routinely video or photograph natural and triggered lightning, he says, but none, as far as I am aware, has stumbled on a ball lightning. This one certainly seems to be made of dirt, says Uman, but he says the data dont reveal any hints as to which ball lightning theory is correct. Such observations might ultimately suggest how to create ball lightning artificially, says Uman, and Yuan agrees. We are planning to simulate the observational conditions and reproduce it in the laboratory, says Yuan. Philip Ball Philip Ball is a freelance science writer in London and author of Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything (2012). References Y. H. Ohtsuki and H. Ofuruton, Plasma Fireballs Formed by Microwave Interference in Air, Nature 350, 139 (1991). Y. Sakawa, K. Sugiyama, T. Tanabe, and R. More, Fireball Generation in a Water Discharge, J. Plasma Fusion Res. 1, 039 (2006). J. Abrahamson and J. Dinniss, Ball Lightning Caused by Oxidation of Nanoparticle Networks from Normal Lightning Strikes on Soil, Nature 403, 519 (2000).
Thu, 01/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed Rosangela Biavarti  36.0   
 Brazil 
  running to water on beach  N/A  Beach,Direct hit,Outside 
Mom Killed by Lightning Strike While Trying to Save Son's Life by Nicole Fabian-Weber Wednesday at 6:43 PM Email 4 lightningIt's something parents do on an almost daily basis: Tell their children to stop doing something because it's dangerous. But, sadly, for Rosangela Biavati, this very thing ended in tragedy for her. Rosangela was vacationing with her family, including her 11-year-old son, in Guaruja, a popular seaside resort on the coast of Sao Paulo. Her son and nephews were playing in the ocean when suddenly a storm began rolling in. Rosangela ran to the ocean to get them out when she was struck by a lightening bolt that instantly killed her in front of her family. A bystander happened to capture the entire sequence of events in photos, and as far as images go, it's about as heartbreaking as it gets. The first photo, showing Rosangela calling to her child, arms outstretched; the second, the lightening bolt; and the third, Rosangela's lifeless body on the beach while her family cries in agony for her. This poor, poor woman. All she was doing was trying to protect her child. It goes without saying that Rosangela would never have wanted her life to end this way at only 36 years old. But, in a way, she died saving her son's life, which is something any mother would do. Of course there's no knowing what would have happened had she not been there, but there's always the chance that her child could have been killed instead. The ocean and storms aren't a good combo, and who knows what could have happened? Perhaps he would have been struck by lightening himself, or perhaps he would have drowned. Rosangela essentially sacrificed herself for her child, and, although it shouldn't have yet been her time, it's sort of a beautiful way to go. RIP. SEE IT: Picture captures exact moment woman struck dead by lightning bolt A photographer for a Brazilian newspaper was photographing a thunderstorm when a tourist to a Sao Paulo beach ran toward the ocean and was fatally struck. Comments (2) BY LEE MORAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014, 10:40 AM 84 3 0 Print SHARE THIS URL: Brazilian photographer Rogério Soares captures the moment the bolt hits on a Sao Paulo beach. R. SOARES/ © JANET TAPPIN COELHO Brazilian photographer Rogério Soares captures the moment the bolt hits on a Sao Paulo beach. A Brazilian photographer has captured the terrifying moment a woman was struck dead by a lightning bolt. Rogério Soares was taking pictures of a thunderstorm in Sao Paulo state for A Tribuna newspaper when he snapped the horrific incident. Tourist Rosangela Biavarti spreads her arms and runs toward the ocean, despite repeated warning to stay away from the water. R. SOARES/ © JANET TAPPIN COELHO Tourist Rosangela Biavarti spreads her arms and runs toward the ocean, despite repeated warning to stay away from the water. RELATED: FAIL: BURGLAR KEEPS PULLING ON DOOR MARKED PUSH Tourist Rosangela Biavati was running toward the beach when she was struck. People rush to help the 36-year-old mother, but she was already dead. R. SOARES/ © JANET TAPPIN COELHO People rush to help the 36-year-old mother, but she was already dead. Soares' series of images shows the 36-year-old mom-of-one running and then being hit by the devastating ray of light. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/woman-struck-dead-lightning-bolt-article-1.1581730#ixzz2qh8QI6w0
Tue, 01/14/2014 04:00 PM Killed Lightning kills boy, injures his sister  0.0   
 South Africa 
      Direct hit 
Lightning kills boy, injures his sister January 14 2014 at 10:57am By Sharika Regchand Comment on this story lightning nov 22 AP File photo: AP Durban - Intense lightning during a thunderstorm killed a nine-year-old boy in Richmond on Sunday afternoon, and his 2-year-old sister, who was also struck, is fighting for her life in hospital. Three other people were hit by lightning at different places in Magoda, while many were left homeless. An elderly woman was admitted to hospital for injuries sustained when the roof of her house collapsed, while others suffered minor injuries. Two wards in Magoda were the worst affected by the storm, which hit the area at 4pm and lasted for about 10 minutes. Richmond mayor Andrew Ragavaloo, also a councillor in one of the wards, spoke to an uncle of the child who died. He said the family lived in a dilapidated house in the central business area of the town. The mother, Zandile Mbeje, and two children, Ayanda, 9, and Akhona, 2, were huddled together when lightning struck the building. The older child was hit in the head and died instantly, while his sister suffered burns. Ragavaloo said Akhona had become partly paralysed. The mother was burnt on her thighs and was also admitted to hospital. Ragavaloo visited the area, where he saw the devastation left by the storm. He said about 60 homes  accommodating about 300 people, among them 140 schoolchildren  were either partly or completely destroyed. I saw stationery, school uniforms, bags and books among the rubble& we have to assist these children and also meet the principal to see what can be done, he said. Disaster teams from the province, district and Richmond municipality were assisting people. The extent of the damage was still being assessed. Tents, food parcels and blankets were distributed to those in need. Municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole said the homes had been built by the residents, some with mud blocks. He said it had been the worst storm to hit the town in the past five years. The Mercury
Thu, 01/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed, 22 injured  0.0  Villa Gesell  
 Argentina 
    N/A  Beach,Outside 
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)  A lightning strike in Argentina has killed at least three people and injured 22 in a coastal community. The Telam state news agency says the lightning bolt struck Thursday afternoon in Villa Gesell, a town 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of the capital of Buenos Aires. The 16 adults and six children injured were taken to a local hospital. Officials say two women suffered serious injuries. Argentina's National Weather Service says the lightning was caused by a sudden storm with "a great movement of ascending air and water and lots of electrical activity." Death Toll from Argentina Lightning Strike Climbs BUENOS AIRES  A 16-year-old girl died Friday of injuries after being struck by lightning at the Argentine seaside resort of Villa Gesell, bringing the death toll from the incident to four, authorities said. Priscila Ochoa died this morning at Villa Gesells Arturo Illia Municipal Hospital, some 300 kilometers (180 miles) from the Argentine capital, as the result of cardiorespiratory failure, town Mayor Jorge Rodriguez Ernetta said. We had her on life support, the doctors made an enormous effort. We knew the prognosis wasnt good...we did everything possible, he told the media. The teenager was admitted Thursday in critical condition due to injuries from the lightning strike on the beach that left three people dead almost instantly and more than a score injured. The other three fatalities were Gabriel Rodriguez, 20, Nicolas Elena, 19, and Agustin Fabian Irustia, 17. Another 20 people remain hospitalized, one of them in intensive care, the official news agency Telam reported. The lightning bolt struck the beach around 5:00 p.m. Thursday in an area of tents at the Afrika seaside resort where people had sought shelter as the storm approached. Osvaldo Garcia, owner of the resort, said that a ball of fire was seen and there was a tremendous noise, and that one of the victims died burned to death in a tent and another was playing soccer when the tragedy occurred.
Tue, 01/07/2014 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Logan  
 Australia 
       
Brisbane has seen the last of the storms for at least the next week with cool south-easterly winds set to bring mild conditions to the region, the weather bureau says. Fine conditions with scattered light showers are forecast for the coming week, including the weekend, due to a stable air mass moving over the city, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Amber Young said. We will be dominated by low-level, south-easterly winds, she said. Marnell Fuels was hit hard in the floods that tore through Grantham in 2011. Marnell Fuels was hit hard in the floods that tore through Grantham in 2011. Photo: Nine News Generally, most of the week should be fine. It also looks like it will be cooler than average. We tend to find with those south-easterly winds the temperature range should start to fall. Advertisement A top of 27 degrees is expected for much of the week ahead, slightly below the average January maximum of 30 degrees. On Monday afternoon, a Logan woman was struck by lightning as thunderstorms lashed southeast Queensland, cutting power to thousands of homes, uprooting trees and dumping up to 100 millimetres of rain in parts. The Lockyer Valley town of Grantham, which was devastated by deadly flash floods in 2011, was hit hard again. The storms hit the towns service station, Marnell Fuels, with such force part of the building's roof was ripped off. The strong winds blew in the front and back doors of the station, throwing debris across the road. The old service station there and a council-owned building next door to that building also lost its roof, Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones told 612 ABC Brisbane. Meanwhile, more than 27,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the southeast corner within four hours, as the intense storm cells swept across the region. A 44-year-old woman was reportedly struck by lightning in Buccan, near Logan Village, shortly after 4pm. She was taken by ambulance to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition. The lightning grounded planes at Brisbane Airport, while the heavy rain created chaos on the roads. Electricity outages were spread far and wide in the wake of the storm, from Tin Can Bay north of the Sunshine Coast, to the Gold Coast in the south and the base of the Toowoomba range to the west. More than 70,000 southeast Queensland homes and businesses were blacked out, including 25,000 in Brisbane. Nearly 2000 homes were still without power in Brisbane at 7am on Tuesday, with Everton Park and Mackenzie among the worst-affected suburbs. Localised flooding was reported in inner-Brisbane, where major roads including Hale Street were submerged. The State Emergency Service received more than 200 calls for help from residents in Logan, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Most needed assistance with leaky roofs, fallen trees and damaged skylights. Fortunately, the heatwave was spectacularly broken with the arrival of the storms. One hundred millimetres of rain fell at West Bellthorpe in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, while the suburb of Calamvale in Brisbanes south received 59 millimetres, Underwood 70 millimetres and Marsden 66 millimetres. More than 50 millimetres fell on North Stradbroke Island, helping ease the bushfire threat. However, Phil Wilson from the Fire and Rescue Service said crews would remain on alert. Regardless, we've been caught in the past and North Stradbroke Island has a habit of coming up and biting us again after rain so we'll be monitoring that all night and again tomorrow, he told 612 ABC Brisbane. Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/lightning-strikes-woman-as-storms-lash-southeast-queensland-20140107-30e8n.html#ixzz2pwz4qDuk
Sun, 12/29/2013 08:20 PM Injured 2 struck  0.0  Maroochydore  
 Australia 
      Near Trees,Outside,Tree 
TWO holidaymakers have been taken to hospital after a lightning bolt struck the ground at the Cotton Tree Holiday Park. Witnesses said the drama unfolded during a severe thunderstorm which tore over the Maroochydore area about 8.20pm Sunday. >> THOUSANDS LOSE POWER AS SEVERE STORMS IMPACT SOUTH-EAST It's believed both suffered chest pains and were taken to Nambour General Hospital as a precaution. The incident comes just says after Dicky Beach father Kenny Dixon was killed by a freak lightning strike at Inskip Point, just north of the Sunshine Coast.
Thu, 12/26/2013 Killed father killed boy ok  0.0   
 Australia 
       
A YOUNG boy survived a freak lightning strike which killed his father on a beach near Fraser Island last night. The pair were on the beach at Inskip Point between Beagle and Sarawak camping grounds, two popular tourists destinations, when the lightning struck the man about 6.15pm. It's believed they were among a group of people on the Fraser Coast beach when the lightning hit. The man died on the beach while his young son was not seriously injured. A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the boy was alert and conscious when he was taken to Gympie Hospital as a precaution. Manager at the Rainbow Beach Holiday Village Annette Cochrane, 50, said thousands of tourists were at Inskip Point when the lightning struck. "There are about 3000 people out there at the moment, it is absolutely packed. Rainbow Beach is packed these holidays," she said. The national park area, which is at the northern tip of Rainbow Beach and is where the ferry barge to Fraser Island is located, is a popular destination for camping. Last night, a quick but powerful storm hit the area. "We did have a lot of lightning and at one stage the doors were rattling with thunder," Ms Cochrane said. "The sky was really black, then we got the thunder and lightning and it was very muggy." "It didn't last long but it must have been pretty bad out there on the beach," she said. Ms Cochrane has lived in Rainbow Beach for 16 years and never heard of a fatal lightning strike in the area before. "It is shocking, it's terrible." Ashleigh Hunter, from the Rainbow Beach Hotel, said locals and tourists were shocked by the news. "Everyone is really sad and shocked and pretty upset," she said. "We heard the strike and then the ambulance went past and we heard one of the customers say that there was a man fishing (when he was struck by lightning)..." Inskip Point is about 250km north of Brisbane. The storm came as Queensland's southeast was being warned of extreme weather over the weekend.
Thu, 12/12/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills eight church goers in Malawi  0.0   
 Malawi 
      Church 
Lightning kills eight church goers in Malawi PlacardENLARGE (Globalpost/GlobalPost) Advertisement A lightning strike killed eight worshippers including a child at a church in Malawi's capital Lilongwe on Saturday, a health ministry official said. "The worshippers were having an extended session of Saturday prayers when lightning struck their church at around 4.30pm," Charles Mwansambo, chief of health services in the ministry of health, told AFP. He said the eight victims -- included seven adults and one child -- had "arrived already dead" at Kamuzu Central hospital from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Mwansambo said one person was at the intensive care unit, while 40 others were being "observed" and treated as outpatients. "It's a disaster... it was a natural phenomenon," Mwansambo said. Lightning has killed three other people in separate incidents since the start of the rainy season last month, according to media reports. fm/jg/rmb fm
Mon, 12/09/2013 07:00 PM Killed Erastus Hamutenya  16.0  Kavango West  
 Nambia 
  riding a donkey    Horse,Outside 
Donkey rider killed by lightning Kavango West Nationalabout 1 min ago RUNDU  A 16-year-old boys life was abruptly cut short last Thursday when a bolt of lightning struck and killed him while he was riding a donkey at Sikarasompo village. The incident took place in Kavango West. Erastus Hamutenya died on the spot after he was struck by lightning at around 17h00. His next of kin was informed. Meanwhile in a similar incident last Wednesday three people lost their lives when the hut they were sleeping in caught fire after it was struck by lightning at around 18h00. The police say the bodies of the victims were burned beyond recognition. The deceased were identified as Canca Kampanza, 46, Dana Kampanza, 38, and Katiti Ncame, 23. The incident occurred at farm Kulimina at Karukuvisa village. Their next of kin were informed. The Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton, confirmed both incidents.
Wed, 12/04/2013 12:00 AM Injured man   26.0  Rudall  
 Australia 
  working on top of grain bunker    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
A man struck by lightning on Eyre Peninsula is recovering in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The man, 26, was hit while working on top of a grain bunker at Rudall on Tuesday morning. He was taken to hospital at Cleve and later flown to Adelaide, where his condition now is stable. Lorraine Amos of the SA Ambulance Service says the man had injuries caused by lightning having passed through his body. "It did make the patient unconscious for a short period of time but on arrival of our first crew he was already standing up and walking around although clearly distraught by the pain he was in," she said. The grain bunker is owned by Viterra, which has shut down the site while the matter is investigated. There were more than 66,000 lightning strikes recorded across South Australia in the past day. Some of them sparked grass fires.
Thu, 11/21/2013 10:00 PM Killed Construction workers killed by lightning  0.0   
 South Africaa 
  in a tent    Outside,Tent,Work 
EMALAHLENI - Nine people have been killed by lightning during violent storms in Mpumalanga. Eight construction workers died when the tent they were sleeping in was struck last night In eMalahleni. Six others, who were also in the tent, were injured and taken to hospital. Earlier in the day a man was killed when he was hit by lightning outside Middelburg. He was on his way to meet his wife when he was hit. Their child was injured in the strike.
Fri, 11/08/2013 12:00 PM Killed mother and son  0.0   
 Philippines 
       
Lightning kills 2-year-old boy; mom injured By Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga Posted at 11/08/2013 12:14 AM | Updated as of 11/08/2013 12:14 AM ZAMBOANGA -- A two-year-old boy was killed and his mother was wounded after they were hit by lightning in Barangay Lanzones, Zamboanga City on Thursday afternoon. Regie Bucoy was struck in the head while his mother, 22-year-old Angelyn Francisco, sustained injuries on different parts of her body. According to Yolando Nicolas, stepfather of Angelyn, the victims were on their way home when the incident occurred. The victims were immediately brought to Mindanao Central Sanitarium with the help of their neighbors. The child, however, was declared dead on arrival. Angelyn is now undergoing medical treatment at Zamboanga City Medical Center. The lightning incident was immediately followed by strong winds and heavy rainfall. But authorities in Zamboanga City said there are no reported incidents of flashflood in the city.
Fri, 11/08/2013 12:00 PM Killed Mother-son duo killed in lightning in Rajouri  0.0  Dali village Rajouri 
 India 
      School 
A woman and her minor son were killed when lightning struck them in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sheela Devi (36) and her 12-year-old son Sunny Kumar lost their lives after lightning struck them at Dali village in Sunderbani belt of the district yesterday, police said. The lightning hit them when Sheela was escorting her son to a nearby school. They were rushed to a hospital where doctors declared them as brought dead, the police said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131111063116_article1-1148625.aspx.htm#sthash.qaa1PL8I.dpuf
Thu, 11/07/2013 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
      Indirect,Indoors 
Woman Suffers Possible Electrocution After Lightning Strikes House SA Breaking NewsBy Mara Ispas | SA Breaking News  Thu, Nov 7, 2013 Email ShareTweet Print Woman Suffers Possible Electrocution After Lightning Strikes HouseView Photo Woman Suffers Possible Electrocution After Lightning Strikes House Johannesburg  A woman in her twenties was taken to hospital for possible electrocution after the house she was working in was struck by lightning on Thursday. Two women were inside the house Witpoortjies when it was struck. Paramedics were called to the scene where the young woman was suffering from symptoms of possible mild electrocution, but fortunately she was in a stable condition. She was thoroughly assessed and transported to hospital by ambulance where she was handed over to hospital staff in a stable condition, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson. According to Jackson, the second woman was traumatised by the incident, but was not physically affected by the lightening strike. With the beautiful Highveld weather comes plenty of electrical storms, and we would just like to reiterate to people the danger of lightning and to encourage vigilance to ones surroundings when there are electrical storms coming over their area, said Jackson. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Thu, 11/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed woman & son  0.0   
 India 
       
Lightning kills woman, son in Rajouri KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Nov 7: A woman and her ten-year-old son lost their lives while another villager was injured after lightning struck a couple of villages in Kalakot tehsil of Rajouri district while the mercury has shown steep decline due to first rainfall of the winter season in Jammu region, today. Rains continued to lash various of Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts in the region since last night. Rains were moderate to heavy in hilly areas of Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch districts during the past two days. Reports from Sunderbani said that a woman and her ten-year-old son lost their lives after lightning from the clouds struck village Dali in Kalkot tehsil of Rajouri district this morning. As it was raining heavily in the area since last night, thunder showers with lightning was experienced in parts of Jammu region. The mother-son identified as Sheela Devi, 36, wife of Papu Ram and Sunny Kumar, 10, both residents of Dali were coming out of their house when lightning struck them. The woman was on way to escort her son to Government High School, Kalakot. They duo was shifted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kalkot where they were pronounced as brought dead. The bodies after autopsy were handed over to the family members for last rites. In another incident, a villager identified as Sunny Kumar, 23, son of Tilak Raj of Mogla sustained injuries under similar circumstances at his residence. He was shifted to SDH Sunderbani from where he was referred to the GMC hospital for advanced treatment. A cattle belonging to Soba Ram in same village also died of lightning. Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed the region due to western disturbances over central Pakistan and west Rajasthan. This led to a drop in day temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius. The people brought out their warm clothes and people were seen moving wearing jackets in the market. According to the India Meteorological Department, a western disturbance and associated winds induced cyclonic circulation would cover northwest India between November 6 and 8 and lead to rains and snowfall over the western Himalayan region and the adjoining northwest plains. "Isolated rain and snowfall of over 3 centimeters would occur over Jammu and Kashmir between November 6 and 7," said OP Singh, deputy director general of meteorology, Regional Meteorological Centre, New Delhi. He added that during the next 48 hours, rain and snow would occur at a few places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The farmers have been advised to prepare their fields for sowing wheat and mustard crop and start sowing after two days.
Sun, 11/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 people  0.0   
 Sri Lanka 
       
Lightning claims 2 lives as thundershowers prevail View(s): The Meteorology Department yesterday warned of lightning related incidents with the onset of the inter-monsoon season, as two deaths caused by lightning were reported. Fifteen-year-old Hasitha Eranda, from Wanduramba, Galle and 57-year-old Premachandra Manamperi from Poddala, Galle died on admission to Karapitiya Hospital. Hasitha was playing with another boy when he fell victim to lightning. Met. Dept Deputy Director Anusha Warnasooriya said the inter-monsoon season was active with thundershowers and lightning being experienced islandwide in the evenings. Usually during this period warm cloudless afternoons are followed by evening rains that are accompanied by thunder and lightning. The public should be vigilant, especially in the late afternoons or evening, she said adding that most of the lightning related incidents occur during the inter monsoon period. This weather pattern will continue throughout November, Ms. Warnasooriya said.
Sat, 11/02/2013 12:00 PM unknown Death by Lightning a Danger in Developing Countrie  0.0   
 USA 
      Science 
Mattie Quinn for National Geographic PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2, 2013 Developing countries have long lists of problemsilliteracy, disease, hunger, corruption. There's one more problem that has gotten less attention, until recently: lightning strikes, which cause a disproportionately high number of deaths in developing countries. Thanks to years of public education campaigns, most Americans know that "when thunder roars, go indoors." But that basic guideline isn't as well known in many developing countries, which consistently see hundreds or even thousands of deaths and injuries per year from lightning strikes. Experts point to lack of education, but a number of doctors and meteorologists from around the world are trying to change that. A largely agricultural and labor-intensive economy, poor infrastructure, and a tropical climate all play a role in higher rates of lightning-related deaths and injuries in countries such as South Africa, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh, said research meteorologist Ron Holle with Vaisala, a Finnish company that makes lightning detection and other scientific equipment. "Factories aren't safe; homes aren't safe," said Holle about many structures in developing countries. Open-air designs and thatched and flimsy metal roofs leave people more vulnerable, he explained. And open-air taxis and carts don't provide the protection from lightning that is typically afforded by solid vehicles. "There are just some areas of the world with no safe place or vehicle to go to when it storms," said Holle. In India, lightning killed 32 people during one storm alone in October. According to Holle, there are no solid statistics on the number of people killed by lightning in India overall because incidents often aren't reported, but scientists estimate the number is more than 3,000 per year. In Nepal, more than 130 were reported killed by lightning in 2012, and the average for South Africa is about 260 deaths reported per year. "And those are just the ones that make the news reports," Holle said, explaining that because of underreporting, the actual numbers are likely higher. Even in the U.S., tracking lightning incidents is tricky because they aren't required to be reported to any agency, so there is no universal database. As in other countries, experts are often left with little more than news reports to go on. Still, the numbers tend to be lower in the U.S. than in developing countries, experts say. In 2013 so far, 23 people have died in the U.S. from lightning strikes, according to reports collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When it comes to injuries, which are even less likely to be reported than deaths, a general rule of thumb, experts say, is that for every death by lightning, there are about ten injuries. (See "Fishing and Camping Top Activity List for Lightning Strikes.") "In underdeveloped countries, it is not unheard of to have 18 deaths from the same storm. Imagine how many injuries that also resulted in," said Mary Ann Cooper, a retired physician with the Lightning Research Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Lack of solid infrastructure and lightning rods (which transfer the energy in a bolt into the ground) also lead to property and economic losses from the fires that can result from a strike. In Malaysia, losses are around $100 million per year, according to Chandima Gomes, head of the Center for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection Research at the University of Putra Malaysia. Map of Lightning strikes Misconceptions About Lightning In countries with little or no education on the science of lightning, misconceptions often run rampant. "We've seen revenge killings in the developing world," Cooper said. "Two villages are feuding, and someone's brother dies from a lightning strike. So the fingers point to the family in the next village, and [the victim's family will] go murder someone in that rival family," she said. "We've seen lots of tires on the roofs of homes because they believe it'll ward off lightning," Cooper added. "But it doesn't do a thing." Added Gomes: "There is a common idea in the developing world that lightning only hits sinful people. I've seen this result in isolation from the family of a victim in rural Malaysia." In both rural and urban areas of South Africa, "many people believe that witches can control lightning and send it to kill a person or to destroy that person's property or livestock," said Estelle Trengove, a lecturer at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The belief that only sinful or otherwise specially targeted people get struck can instill a false confidence, and results in people not seeking shelter during storms, according to Trengove and Cooper. Looking Ahead In an effort to cope with the high rate of lightning deaths and injuries, the Center for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries, an intergovernmental group with a membership of 45 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, brings together doctors, meteorologists, and engineers and gives them tools and plans to dispel myths and raise awareness of the dangers of lightning. And in February, the African Center for Lightning Information and Research was established to raise awareness and emphasize the need for proper engineering to reduce the number of lightning-related deaths and injuries per year. While it will likely take a few years to see a significant decline in injuries from lightning, "we are going to get results from these conferences," Cooper said. She added that those who gather at these events come up with game plans on how to bust myths and train laborers on the dangers of working outside during storms. Recommendations are then made to governments. Proposals include adding lightning safety to school curricula and displaying safety instructions in vulnerable areas, such as beaches and playgrounds, urging people to take cover when lightning is in the area. In South America, the Colombian military recently hired a lightning specialist to train farmers to avoid strikes by seeking shelter during storms. In Malaysia, media blitzes that dispel myths and safety curricula in schools are being rolled out, according to Gomes. "We also conduct periodic training programs for engineers on lightning protection technologies." According to Holle, such training is much needed. Out of the almost 200 UN member countries, "about 150 don't have lightning experts." Lightning Rods Lightning rods must be installed properly, said Holle. "This is a situation in which doing something wrong to save money is worse than doing nothing at all," he explained. "You have to make sure the rods are on top of the buildings and that they are attached to thick conducting cables that go directly into the ground. In some developing countries we'll see rods going directly into the buildings, and that causes fires." The cost of lightning protection technologies varies, with differences seen between the French and Spanish standards, known as Early Streamer Emission (ESE), and the rest of the world's, known as International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). "The ESE systems are expensive and not scientifically proven," Gomes argued. "These systems are about $3,000 to $4,000, no matter how big or small the building. For IEC standards, the cost of protecting for a smaller building would be far less." However, when getting lightning rods to developing countries, "the biggest issue isn't the cost, but the inability of manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to back up the product," Gomes said. Putting the issue in perspective, Cooper noted, "Lightning is just a pittance compared to malaria and tuberculosis. But we doctors, meteorologists, and electrical engineers are experts in the field. This is something we can do to make these communities just a bit safer."
Thu, 10/31/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed, 2 injured  0.0   
 India 
       
Five killed, 2 injured in lightning strikes UNB, Moulvibazar Five people, including a couple, were killed and two injured after lightning struck them in different areas of Srimangal and Kulaura upazilas of Moulvibazar yesterday. Of the four deceased in Srimangal, Shakil Mia, 25, and his wife Sumi Akhter, 22, of Birampur village were killed in the rains around 12:30pm, said witnesses. In Birampur village, Rahi Mia, 7, died on the spot around noon while playing out on a field while in Sindurkhan village, Turak Mia, 58, was killed during the rains in the afternoon. Meanwhile in Kulaura, a woman, Selina Akhter, 30, was killed on the spot during the rains at Takiuli village around 2:30pm. Her husband Abdul Hafiz and mother-in-law Runa Begum were simultaneously injured and rushed to Kulaura Upazila Health Complex.
Sat, 10/26/2013 03:00 PM Injured Casey Wagner  31.0  Saint Jo TX 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Rodeo,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
SAINT JO (CBSDFW.COM)  As a rodeo clown, 31-year-old Casey Wagner has often stared fear in the face, but it was Mother Nature who literally brought him to his knees, after he was struck by lightning  twice. Wagner attended a Rednecks with Paychecks event in Saint Jo, Texas, west of Gainesville, Saturday, where hundreds show up to race, off-road and go mudding while camping out at huge sites. Saturday afternoon, severe weather rolled in bringing heavy rain and lightning. The odds of a person being struck by lighting in their lifetime is 1 in 3,000, according to National Geographic. (credit: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images) The odds of a person being struck by lighting in their lifetime is 1 in 3,000, according to National Geographic. (credit: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images) Wagner and his two friends were looking for shelter from the storm when they stopped under a tree. Wagners friend left in search of a bathroom and Wagner was left there with his friends father. They were standing about 5 feet away from each other when lightning struck. What I remember is just a loud boom and it dropped me to my knees and then it hit me again, Wagner said. When I got hit, it was just two big ol flashes and then sparks went everywhere. Wagner said he felt electricity shoot up through his right boot and into his body. The electricity swept across his chest, then out his near his left wrist. I had discoloration where it would have popped out, he said. A nurse who was nearby, kept him calm until he was transported by ambulance to Nacona General Hospital a few miles away. At the hospital they said the poncho I was wearing was carrying static because it was one of those plastic ones, he said. Wagner said his heart skipped a beat and doctors ran several tests and monitored his kidneys and heart until his heartbeat was regular again. He initially lost feeling in his lower right leg and at the exit point on his left arm. Twenty four hours later he was still shaky and jittery, but miraculously, that was the extent of his injuries. Ive got all the feeling back. It just feels like my whole body is waking up from& like if your arm falls asleep, thats how my whole body feels, he said. Doctors say that tingling feeling will last about a week. He says only one thing could have kept him alive. I give everything to God, he said. So I owe everything to him, hes the one that kept me alive. I can tell you one thing, Im going to start going to church more. Wagner says he plans to return to off-roading and Rednecks with Paychecks, but only when skies are clear. (©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
Tue, 10/22/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers  0.0  Gadag district  
 India 
       
Two farmers were struck dead by lightning when they were working in the fields, in separate incidents on Tuesday. Andappa Mudiyappa Tippannavar, 29, and six others were working in the fields when it started raining, at Maktumpur in Mundargi taluk of Gadag district. They took shelter at a shed in the farm. Tippannavar who was standing near the door of the shed was struck dead by lightning. Three others standing behind him suffered injuries. Mahadevappa Bheemappa, 52, died after lightning struck him, while working in the fields at Byrimaddi village of Surapur taluk in Yadgir district on Tuesday evening. Two persons were injured when lightning struck them at Udogere village near Chikkajajur in Holalkere taluk of Chitradurga district on Tuesday evening. The injured are Ravikumar, 30, and Kamalamma, 30. The hut where they were sleeping caught fire and was completely destroyed when lightning struck it. The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment. A house was gutted when lightning struck it, at Adkaru in Jalsoor of Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday. The house belongs to Krishna Naika. Two children who were inside the house ran out when lightning struck it. One of them suffered injuries in the ear. In Bellary Rain brought cheers to the farming community in the district on Tuesday. Most places, including Bellary city, received good rainfall from the early hours till the evening. Farmers are hoping for a bumper harvest this rabi season. Normal life was affected as it drizzled throughout the day. There were also a few spells of heavy rain. The rain is expected to help the jowar, groundnut, sunflower, coriander and maize crops, kindling hopes of a good harvest. The highest rainfall of 34 mm was recorded in and around Kurugodu in the taluk. However, paddy farmers in and around Kampli fear that the rain may damage their crop as it is harvest season now. It has been generally cloudy with dipping temperatures in the district. In Davangere, Chitradurga Showers brought respite to people reeling under scorching heat in the two districts. RGGollar, joint director of agriculture, Davangere, told Deccan Herald, that the rains in the last couple of days would greatly help rabi crops like ragi, jowar and millets. But the showers have adversely affected groundnut growers in Jagalur and Harapanahalli taluks in Davangere district, Molakalmur, Challakere and other taluks in Chitradurga district. In Udupi Mild showers lashed some parts of the district after a gap of 24 hours on Tuesday. The rain that started around afternoon continued till late evening. The district recorded 1.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours. Though Udupi and Kundapur taluks did not record any significant rainfall, Karkala taluk recorded 4.2 mm.
Mon, 10/21/2013 12:00 PM unknown Fulgurites  0.0   
 USA 
      Science 
Fulgurites: When lightning strikes sand, magic is formed These amazing crystalline structures are created in a flash. By John Platt Mon, Oct 21 2013 at 1:09 PM Related Topics: Weather & Climate lightning striking sand Lightning photo by Thomas Mauer/Flickr. All it takes is a flash. Lightning strikes the ground, creating temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees. The sand around the lightning strike fuses together, and fulgurite is formed. fulguriteWhat are fulgurites? The word  based on the Latin world for thunderbolt  refers to a hollow glass tube formed when lightning strikes soil, silica, sand or even rock. These amazing structures  sometimes referred to as "petrified lightning" or "lightning stones"  don't look like the transparent glass in your windows or kitchen cabinets. Instead they are complex structures that resemble a cross between a vegetable root and some of the more crystalline minerals such as mica. They vary in shape and size  most are only a few inches long  and they tend to form around the path of the dispersing electric charge of the lightning. According to the Utah Geological Survey, there are two types of fulgurites: those formed when lightning hits sand and those created from rock. Sand fulgurites come from beaches and deserts, have a more glass-like interior, and can be particularly fragile. Rock fulgurites, which are rarer, form as veins inside rocks and often need to be chiseled out of their surroundings. Fulgurites have been found all over the world, although they are relatively rare. Their unusual structure, delicate nature and origin give them some value, although not in the range of precious metals. Some sites list small fulgurites for as little as $15. The more attractive pieces or those processed into jewelry can fetch a few hundred dollars. Although most collectors seek out fulgurite solely for its looks, some people believe the lightning stones hold magical abilities to help focus divine energy, enhance creativity, or heal various illnesses. The TV show "Supernatural" used fulgurites in a few episodes to summon gods or demons, although those uses don't appear to be part of any traditional lore. Perhaps not surprisingly, some people enjoy making their own fulgurites, either by sticking lightning rods in sand before thunder storms or using a high-voltage power supply in a lab. The resulting fulgurites can be even more attractive than those created naturally, although obviously safety is paramount when engaging in these activities. Check out this series of fulgurite-creation experiments below:
Mon, 10/21/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 Bangladesh 
       
Lightning kills five Our Correspondent, Moulvibazar Five people, including three of a family, were killed by lightning in Srimangal and Kulaura upazilas yesterday. Of them, four were killed in Srimangal. Witnesses said Shakil Mia, 25, his wife Sumi Akhter, 22, and Sumis younger brother Rahi Mia 7, of Birahimpur village in Srimangal upazila, were killed during rain at about 12:30pm. Rahi was struck by a lightning while he was playing at a field in the village. In another incident, Turok Miah, 58, son of late Konor Miah, was killed when a thunderbolt hit him while he was bathing at a pond at Sreegaon village in the afternoon. In Kulaura, a woman was killed and her husband and mother-in-law were injured by a lightning strike at Takiuli village in the afternoon, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Selina Akhter, 30, wife of Abdul Hafiz of the village

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