A grisly scene emerged on an idyllic hillside in Norway on Friday, August 26th, 2016, when over 300 dead reindeer were discovered. Experts have now concluded that the culprit of the mass slaughter was a lightning strike. The conclusion that lightning could kill so many animals has drawn skepticism, but a better understanding of the power (and danger) of electricity helps explain the tragedy.
Lightning doesn’t just kill by directly striking a target. When it hits the ground, it can also create a deadly ground current that spreads out. Anything standing on the ground, such as a reindeer, could have become an unwitting target for the traveling current. In an article in the New York Times, John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service suggested that, “The electricity would go up one leg of the body and stop the heart and go down and out another leg.” It´s basic science. If you want to read up on some of the best scientific research then go to www.scienceoxygen.com.
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