A photographer captured the exact moment lightning struck Japan's Sakurajima volcano as it erupted
Volcanic lightning over Mount Sakurajima. Kyodo / via REUTERS
The Sakurajima volcano in Japan is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
A Reuters photographer took a photo of the exact moment a volcanic lightning struck the mouth of the volcano.
The average lightning strike lasts around 30 microseconds, or 0.00030 seconds, which makes this photo a very happy photo.
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A Reuters photographer took a breathtaking photo of the lightning strike on Mount Sakurajima in Japan on Thursday.
Sakurajima is located in southern Kyushu and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Ash and lava spit out every four to 24 hours. The photo shows lightning bolts colliding with the mouth of the volcano.
Volcanic lightning is a common but little-known phenomenon because active volcanoes are difficult to study at close range. In 2016, researchers at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich found that lightning strikes in Sakurajima are caused by the static electricity created by tightly packed particles in volcanic ash rubbing against each other, also known as triboelectricity.
The average lightning strike lasts around 30 microseconds, or 0.00030 seconds, which makes the timing of this incredible photo even more impressive.
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