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What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning!

Frankenstein used lightning to bring his monster to life. The Flash gained super speed after a strike bathed him in chemicals. Thor and Zeus used it to rule.

Lightning’s raw power sparks the imagination, leaving many to wonder: “What would actually happen if I were struck by lightning?Using a gherkin Mark Miodownik demonstrates what would happen when you get struck by lightning. Taken from Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.


The human body isn’t meant to withstand 30,000 amps of charge and 50,000-degree Fahrenheit temps.Lightning does a lot of damage to the tissues and causes burning. It’s an electrical burn in its simplest form.

Lightning’s extremely high temperature causes burning and scarring, which marks the victim with a lightning-like scar known as a Lichtenberg figure. Lightning strikes can cause cardiac arrest.In fact, most lightning deaths are because of heart attack.

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“If you’re in an area with frequent lightning storms, don’t be the tallest thing out there; stay inside,” Dr. Zito said.