Lightning is the type of natural phenomenon that most people don’t give much of a thought to unless someone they know is struck by lightning and killed. Every single year, between 6,000 and 24,000 people are killed when they are struck by lightning. Lightning travels at an impressive 270,000 miles per hour, which equates to 75 miles per second. It also burns at a staggering 30,000 degrees Celsius, which is six times hotter than even the sun. That is both terrifying and impressive at the same time. It is safe to say that someone struck by lightning won’t feel a thing when they die. Here are ten terrifying photographs of lightning striking.
Lightning is so fast you only see a fraction of the actual burst.
When it comes to streams of lightning, nothing can be more terrifying than being close by.
A single lightning strike is enough to kill someone, though a few people have survived being struck.
Lightning strikes are devastating, but this photograph proves you can capture the essence of a strike in its natural beauty.
Lightning streaking across the night sky can oftentimes be one of the most beautiful pieces of scenery on a dark stormy night.
Sometimes lightning can be magnificent, especially when it ends up in various colors.
Eye of the Storm
Nothing could be more terrifying than being in the middle of the eye of a storm alongside massive lightning strikes.
Planes are made of metal, which is a wonderful conductor for electricity. Here we can see the tail end of a plane being struck by a massive bolt. It even lit the wheel on fire and forced the plane to lurch forward.
Few can say they were in the desert vistas when an electric blue lightning storm struck. This is pure magnificence.
Honestly, the crackling of lightning is a wonderful sound when you aren’t too close. Just look at those streaks of power.