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600,000 lightning strikes: Unprecedented electric rampage was recorded during the eruption of the Tonga volcano

600,000 lightning strikes: Unprecedented electric rampage was recorded during the eruption of the Tonga volcano 1

The detectors of the global system GLD360, which tracks electrical phenomena in the atmosphere, responded to 590,000 lightning bolts thrown by the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapai underwater volcano during a recent catastrophic eruption. This is a record that almost doubled the previous one – 340 thousand lightning during the Anak Krakatau eruption in 2018 in Indonesia.

Such and accumulation of lightnings was occurred in just a week. The current record was set in a couple of days from January 13 to 15, 2021. At the same time, about 400 thousand lightnings struck in a few hours, demonstrating incredible density.

Electrical discharges flashed in a cloud of ash and volcanic gases that covered the island kingdom of Tonga and the vast area around it.

An ash cloud over the Pacific Ocean, which was formed as a result of the explosive eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapai: image taken on January 15, 2022 from the Himawari-8 satellite.
An ash cloud over the Pacific Ocean, which was formed as a result of the explosive eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapai: image taken on January 15, 2022 from the Himawari-8 satellite/

Observations showed that 56 percent of the lightning struck the ground and the ocean, the rest sparkled inside the cloud. And almost fifteen hundred landed directly in Tongatapu – the main island of the kingdom.

“It’s hard to imagine what people who were caught in a volcanic thunderstorm had to endure,” Chris Vagasky laments, a meteorologist at Vaisala, who carried out the measurements, “darkness, flooding and a lightning wall. Just the apocalypse.”

Volcanic thunderstorms are called dirty storms by meteorologists. They are not considered supernatural but collisions of negatively charged ash particles and positively charged flows of volcanic gases – an interaction that results in the formation of large electrical potentials.

Lightning in a growing cloud over the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapai volcano: left January 13, 2022, right January 15, 2022.  Each dot is a rank.
Lightning in a growing cloud over the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapai volcano: left January 13, 2022, right January 15, 2022. Each dot is a rank.

According to scientists, the discharges that occur in clouds of ash are more powerful than ordinary thunderstorms.

Lightning occurs as a result of the interaction of positively and negatively charged particles.
Lightning occurs as a result of the interaction of positively and negatively charged particles.

The ability of volcanoes to throw lightning has long been known, at least at the level of eyewitness accounts. The first came from those who happened to watch the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Lightning strikes Iceland over the Eyjaafjallajokull volcano, which erupted on March 21, 2010.
Lightning strikes Iceland over the Eyjaafjallajokull volcano, which erupted on March 21, 2010.

By the way, evolutionists believe that the electrical discharges that pierced the clouds of volcanic ash billions of years ago, provoked chemical reactions that first led to the formation of chains of amino acids, and then to life.

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