If nature wants to kills us, lightning inside a volcanic cloud seems almost unfair
If nature ever gets sick of our shit, it has so, so, so many ways to get rid of humanity. A new ice age, plagues, tsunamis, and on and on. Few, however, are as terrifying and awesome as a volcanic eruption leading to an ash cloud infused with lightning.
It’s almost unfair when you think about it. It’s not like a volcano needs any help to wipe people out. Adding lightning to the ash cloud is sort of like nature giving gorillas shark teeth and a bad attitude, or flying lions.
According to Yahoo News, the phenomenon occurs when an eruption is powerful enough to throw massive amounts of positively charged ash debris into the air. It’s known as a “dirty thunderstorm.”
The clip below shows a special dirty thunderstorm though, one that is even more unfair than a standard murderous volcanic thunderstorm.
Thankfully for us puny humans, an eruption like the one below is very rare. Lightning can form in ash clouds frequently(ish), but the eruption below is based on rhyolite, an explosive form of magma that has only been involved in an eruption twice in the last 50 years.
The video was captured by a BBC journalist who claimed that an eruption like the one in Patagonia “is equal to one Hiroshima-sized nuclear bomb every ten seconds.” The lightning is just a bonus.
Check it out and never go near a volcano.