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Video captures essense of volcanic lightning

Video captures essense of volcanic lightning

Lightning is just not for supercell thunderstorms. They can accompany volcanic eruptions as well. 

 

Take a look at this video of lightning in a volcano's eruption cloud, as lava enters the ocean in the Kalapana area of Hawaii in 2008, courtesy of Ranjit Mathoda:

Ask anyone who witnessed the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and they can also vouch for the phonemenon as there were frequent lightning strikes.

Volcanic lightning is still a "hot topic" of research, here is one take on how it is formed. And here is another.

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