SEP 14, 2016 9:54 AM PDT

What It's Like to Be Struck By Lightning

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


Have you ever wondered what it's like to be struck by lightning? Let us just give you a hint… it's not very pleasant. You have a 1 in a 1,000,000 chance of being struck by lightning in a lightning storm.

Lightning is only fatal about 10% of the time, but it can cause major problems with your body when you're struck by it. Because lightning is several times hotter than the surface of the Sun, it will burn you. In fact, it can easily leave third-degree burns and even heat up any jewelry you're wearing.

Although most people hear thunder from lightning as a boom, those who get struck by it feel more of a shockwave, which can send the person flying. The shockwave can be so intense that it bursts ear drums, tatters clothes, or even knocks your shoes off.

Although it may sound like you'll get off Scott-free with just a few minor injuries if you happen to survive, there are also cases of long-term damage to the body, such as twitching, memory loss, and other functional issues.

You should probably just stay indoors instead of learning what it's like first-hand.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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