WTF, Mother Nature?: Video Of Lightning Inside Volcano

March 17, 2015


Damn Mordor, calm down.

Because Mother Nature feels the need to constantly remind us that she's in charge here and she can open the gates to hell any time she damn well pleases, this is a video of the Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupting and producing volcanic lightning (previous photos of lightning in the volcano HERE). Damn, I kinda want to skydive into that. "You will die." Now I really want to skydive into that. I can see it now, my tombstone will read: "GEEKOLOGIE WRITER: LIVED HARD, DIED YO", presumably because my family ran out of money to finish the engraving. Then youu'll come along and spraypaint a giant penis on my grave and the circle of life will be complete.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Carmela G, who swears she saw Gollum for a second.

  • Wiley

    Let's bring the thundersnow guy into some volcanolightning and see his reaction.

  • The_Wretched

    We are all just pawns in some evil god's video game That's not a cloud. It's a mouse pointer.

  • Wiley

    Uh, why is that cloud evil again? The cloud is a mouse pointer? What about everything that's been taking place underneath the earth at the site over a period of time? It's not like it was strategically placed to do you harm. As a pawn, you should tell your evil gods they're silly.
    It's fun to think outside the box though, so go for it and don't let this nay-saying post deter you from doing so in the future.

  • The_Wretched

    There is some risk in taking me too literally.

  • Wiley

    There was risk in responding. There's risk in everything, uh oh... am I doing it again? What am I risking now D:

  • David

    Does lava conduct electricity?

  • GeneralDisorder

    I don't think it matters when the arc is that huge. We'd be looking at no less than a thousand volts per inch or some similarly confusing and amazing amount of energy.

    And of course this is basically static from smoke/ash particles bouncing around and rubbing against each other. Nylon doesn't conduct electricity but it sure as hell generates lots of static under the right conditions.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Apparently the arc distance of 3000 volts in air is about 0.19 inch so we're looking at least 15000 volts per inch.

  • Bling Nye

    Same thing happens to me other people when I people that are not me shart.

  • TheQiwiMan

    How is this newsworthy? Lightning volcanoes burst into existence literally every single time I shred some gnarly solo on my electric guitar*.


  • Jenness

    As beautiful as nature is, it really is mostly terrifying. I bet if you were that close to that eruption, the one with the sonic boom disk cloud formation that it shows briefly, your body would shake for an hour.

  • S.M. Archer

    The boom of Mount St. Helen literally flattened trees sideways for miles.

  • Meh

    Not to mention the heated wave of ash going freakingly fast outwards.

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