What Will Happen When You are Struck By Lightning?

Generally lightning strikes are not always a death sentence. But we may get several news in each year that people died by the lightning around the world. Like this year in Asia several person killed by deadly lightning. Although 500 people who are struck by lightning each year and about them 90 percent are survive. In this post we will learn, “What Will Happen When You are Struck By Lightning?”

WASHINGTON — Lightening strikes near the U.S. Capitol building during a thunderstorm here May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby)

Now before we go further let’s know about, How Lightning Actually Forms?

How Lightning Forms:

Thing is that till now we are not sure what the causes behind the Lightning. But scientists believe that, when positive and the negative charges grow large enough within the cloud, then a giant spark occurs between this two charges. It is kind of an example of static electricity sparks that you usually see. But in this case it is much higher amount. But most of the lightning happens inside a cloud or between clouds and sometimes it happens between clouds and the ground. When lightning happens, it races toward the ground approximately 300000 KM per hour. A single lightning strikes can striking the ground with a power of 300 kilovolt or more.

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What Will Happen When You are Struck By Lightning:

Every year in United State lightning strikes create approximately 75 thousand forest fire. It can split entire tree down the middle in just of split second before you think. Now think what it can do with a human body. But there is good news that lightning will not burn you like grilled chicken. But it can do some serious damage to our body. An average 47 people are killed by lightning in each year.

A single lightning strikes can carry up to 1 to 10 billion Joules of energy to the ground. This amount of energy can create an internal short circuit to small electrical signal inside a human body that runs our heart, lungs and the nervous system. This excessive energy can lead to Seizures, Cardiac Arrest, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Damage and Amnesia.

Now electricity is not the only problem for you. Lightning is blisteringly hot that can heat the surrounding air temperature in critical level. Air temperature can reach up to 53000 Degrees Fahrenheit in just under a second. This temperature is five time higher than the surface temperature of our sun which is 9941 Degrees Fahrenheit. This excessive temperature helps air to rapid explosion. It can be act like a sudden shockwave that we hear as a thunder.

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It’s been calculate that, if you stand about the 30 feet from a lightning stick point can have a blast shockwave which is equivalent of 5 kg T.N.T Bomb. Now this enormous amount of heat, electricity and shockwave can also damage your eyes. There is a possibility that is can create hole in your retina. It can causes cataracts for days to weeks. There is some others side effect from lightning. It can include impotence in men and overall decreased libido.

It was all about from the inside of human body. Now if we move to the surface of human body then we will affect by some other issue by lightning. When lighting moved through the surface of human skin that time it can force red blood cells out of your capillaries in to your epidermis like bruise. These intricate designs are called Lichtenberg figures.

This enormous temperature can heat up any metal that you are wearing like metal watch and bracelet and create third degree burns. This temperature can also vaporized your sweat and rain water on your skin. The resulting steam explosion can blow up your cloth and shoes.

How to Stay Safe Form Lightning Strikes:

Ok, now you know, what can happen if you strike by lightning? But how can you be safe? So for starting your day at first have a look one weather forecast. Try to stay indoor during storm and thundering. But unlikely if you are in outside then trying to avoided any isolated tree, utility pole and open fields. Try to reach any building or hard topped metal vehicle. There is some others safety procedure is available. I will discuss with you in my next post.

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