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Lightning kills at least 10 in India amid heavy rain

World
A government official says lightning has killed at least 10 villagers during thunderstorms and heavy rain in eastern IndiaByThe Associated PressApril 26, 2020, 9:38 AM1 min read1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePATNA, India -- Lightning killed at least 10 villagers during thunderstorms and heavy rain in eastern India on Sunday, a government official said. Pratay Amrit, a Bihar state disaster management official, said nine others suffered injuries after lightning struck them in Khalpura, a village in Bihar state’s Saran district. They were plucking vegetables in farms, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Patna, the state capital. Amrit said nine villagers died on the spot and one later died in a hospital. In July last year, lightning killed 39 people in Bihar
Anak Krakatau: Lightning frenzy points to scale of volcanic plume

Anak Krakatau: Lightning frenzy points to scale of volcanic plume

Science
The 2018 eruption of Anak Krakatau in Indonesia was remarkable in many ways.It will be remembered, obviously, for the sudden flank collapse that triggered the tsunami which killed over 400 people on the nearby coastlines of Sumatra and Java.But the event also has been the source of many scientific insights that could inform future hazard assessments.And a new possibility is the potential for the frequency of lightning seen at an eruption to give a simple guide to the height of a volcano's towering plume.It's information that could be of interest to airlines trying to find safe routes for their planes.Giant blocks from Anak Krakatau litter ocean floor Anak Krakat...
Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

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Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda's Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions" on their bodies indicating electrocution.The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) called this a "big loss for the species".There are just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence.The species is restricted to protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. 'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla What other animals are at risk? The four that died were part of a 17-member group, which has been called the Hirwa family by the authorities. ...
National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter National Grid is facing an investigation by Ofgem over a major power cut earlier this month - as it blamed a lightning strike for the outage.The regulator - which has the power to fine firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it was looking into whether the Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions. Ofgem said it would focus on whether National Grid complied with requirements to hold sufficient backup power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations.It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which left more than a million homes without power ...
Study links lightning with gamma rays inside clouds

Study links lightning with gamma rays inside clouds

Science
June 25 (UPI) -- Weak gamma-ray glows appear to precede lightning strikes and accompanying gamma-ray flashes under certain conditions. Over the last several years, researchers at the University of Tokyo worked with schools and businesses in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in central Japan, to install a network of radiation monitors for studying lightning. "Forever, people have seen lightning and heard thunder. These were the ways we could experience this power of nature," University of Tokyo graduate student Yuuki Wada said in a news release. "With the discovery of electromagnetism, scientists learned to see lightning with radio receivers. But now we can observe lightning in gamma rays -- ionizing radiation. It's like having four eyes to study the phenomena." Scientists used observations ...