19 Lightning Stroke Survivors Show What It Does To The SkinTranslate

1 year ago · Marta · 1 Comments
Categories: Inspiration · Weird     Tags: Lightning · Struck · Surviving · People · Nature · Force · Lichtenberg Figure

1 in 300,000 are the odds of getting struck by lightning. Roughly 90% of those struck people survive, yet the electrical discharge does leave scars on some of them. These scars look like a tattoo-like mark, which has a name and is called the Lichtenberg figure.  


A fact: the surrounding air can go up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (27,760 degrees Celsius) when the lightning strikes. That is five times hotter than the sun as it bears 1 billion volts of electricity. Can you imagine what this energy could do to a human?


Once it enters the body, it short-circuits the small electrical signals which run the heart, lungs, and the nervous system. This can result in cardiac arrest, seizures, brain injury, spinal cord damage, and amnesia. More to add - the blistering heat, light, and electricity can further damage the eyes resulting into holes in the retina and cataracts. Lightning can also decrease the libido or induce impotence.


When the lightning goes toward the surface of the body, it can force the red blood cells out of the human capillaries and into the epidermis. These scars are known as Lichtenberg figures. The temperatures can heat up any metal, causing third-degree burns. They can also rapidly vaporize the sweat on the skin. Often this explosion blows off people’s clothes or shoes, leaving them nearly naked. Below we have selected some people that survived this crazy experience!


(h/t allthatisinterestingbusinessinsider)

Image credits: Anna Garcia ‏


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