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Hiker survives lightning bolt.

Postby Overlandman » Fri 25 Aug, 2017 9:34 pm

From ABC
Lucky guy, don't put your arms up for a photo when you get to the top. :shock:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/h ... es/8843640
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Re: Hiker survives lightning bolt.

Postby ofuros » Sat 26 Aug, 2017 6:46 am

Oooo...nasty. Both were very lucky by the sound of things.
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Re: Hiker survives lightning bolt.

Postby GPSGuided » Sat 26 Aug, 2017 7:47 am

Lucky! How do cloths get 'blown off' in these situations?
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Re: Hiker survives lightning bolt.

Postby neilmny » Sat 26 Aug, 2017 9:53 am

An average bolt of lightning, striking from cloud to ground, contains roughly one billion (1,000,000,000) joules of energy.
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Re: Hiker survives lightning bolt.

Postby GPSGuided » Sat 26 Aug, 2017 10:40 am

neilmny wrote:An average bolt of lightning, striking from cloud to ground, contains roughly one billion (1,000,000,000) joules of energy.

Yes, well aware of that and an amount of energy that can easily cook the individual. But the fact that the individual survives yet the clothing get blown off suggests there's a particular mechanism at work. So the question is, how?
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