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What happens to the human body if it is struck by lightning?

طقس العرب GO 2020-11-22 4:39 PM
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What happens to the human body if it is struck by lightning?

Arab Weather - The temperature of lightning is 29700 degrees Celsius, which is five times higher than the surface of the sun, as the surface temperature of the sun reaches 6000 degrees Celsius, after thinking about the temperature of lightning, it comes to our minds that a person's survival from a lightning strike is impossible and that it will inevitably lead to death .

But in fact, it has been scientifically proven that the human body cannot withstand a complete blow of lightning, whose electric force is about 30,000 amperes at a temperature exceeding 50,000 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. The case, although it takes much less than a second to hit a human.

If a person is hit by a slight spark of lightning, it causes immediate damage to some areas of the surface of the skin and leaves a trace similar to the effect of burning, and the pain felt by someone who is shocked is very similar to the pain of a gunshot wound, and a person may even have a sudden heart attack. If he did not have any heart disease before being struck by lightning, which would lead to immediate death.

However, direct exposure to a slight stun of lightning will leave an effect on the body much like the designs that it uses as tattoos for the body, where the effect of the stun is similar to intertwined tree branches or electrical strings in one design.

Many things must be taken into account to avoid accidents that occur as a result of lightning, and here are some of them:

1- Follow up the local weather forecasts to know about the weather, and watch for signs that indicate the possibility of lightning, such as, the formation of high clouds, and the dark or dark sky.

2- Seek shelter from thunder and lightning quickly when hearing the sound of thunder, even if it is far away because the lightning bolt can strike at a distance of approximately 16 km from where the rain falls, and if 30 seconds or less pass between seeing the lightning and hearing the sound of thunder, this means that The lightning bolt is approximately 10 km away, and shelter from the lightning should be sought, and it is preferable to choose a large, closed building and to avoid small porches or small and partial shelters such as marquees and tents, but if the lightning bolt struck while in a car that has a hard surface, you can stay in it after making sure that the windows are closed .

3- Keeping away from water bodies when signs of lightning appear, so if a person is swimming, or if he is inside a boat, he must head directly to the beach and look for shelter, but if there is not enough time to reach the beach, the person must crouch in Right in the boat and wait for the lightning bolt to end.

4- Staying away from places where lightning can flow into the house, such as open windows, and keeping away a few meters from electrical outlets and boxes.

5- Act quickly when feeling close to the occurrence of lightning while outside the house and there is no shelter nearby, and head towards a low area away from trees, or metal objects, pipes, and long objects, joining the feet, bending the legs, placing the hands on the knees, and lowering the head, And avoid lying on the ground or placing hands or knees on the ground, and in the event of lightning while in a forest, you should search for short trees and stay away from tree trunks.

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