Video Shows What Happens When Lightning Strikes a River-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A video showing lightning striking a river has left audiences captivated.
A video explosives being detonated in a river bed was misidentified as a lightning striking a river in a YouTube video that went viral in August 2017.
The video, which was posted at a Youtube channeled called SabHai Yahan under the headline “Lighting Hits a River … What a Sight,” generated more than 15,000 views within 24 hours. After a sudden flash and crack, the river bottom appears to explode, sending sand and water over its banks:
The video was originally posted in 2012 by a Finnish company that specializes in underwater mining and construction called Rannikon Merityö Oy in December 2012. The original title of the video was “Porapaalutusta, osa 3: Räjäytys,” which translates into “Drilling rig, part 3: Blasting.”
Even though this video doesn’t show lighting striking a river, there are plenty of videos of lighting striking water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains that water serves as a conductor, so when lighting strikes water, it’s current can spread outward along the surface for up to five miles:
A bolt of lightning can span five miles, contain 100 million volts of electricity and reach temperatures hotter than the sun. So, it’s important to avoid water, a known conductor, whenever lightning is seen or thunder is heard.