Upgrade to Chess.com Premium!
REY1971's Albums

DID YOU KNOW THAT ???????

  • by REY1971
  • | Jan 5, 2012
  • | 775 views
  • | 24 comments

One lightning strike can carry enough electricity to power 10 million homes for one month

The average peak power output of a single lightning stroke is about one trillion watts — one terawatt (1012 W), and the stroke lasts for about 30 millionths of a second — 30 microseconds.[18]

 Some lightning strikes have caused either numerous fatalities or great damage. The following is a partial list:

·         In 1660, lightning struck the gunpowder magazine at Osaka Castle, Japan; the resultant explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck the main tower of the castle and it burned down to the foundation.

·         A particularly deadly lightning incident occurred in Brescia, Italy in 1769. Lightning struck the Church of St. Nazaire, igniting the 100 tons of gunpowder in its vaults; the resulting explosion killed 3000 people and destroyed a sixth of the city.[117]

·         1902: A lightning strike damaged the upper section of the Eiffel Tower, requiring the reconstruction of its top[118]

·         December 8, 1963: Pan Am Flight 214 crashed as result of a lightning strike, killing all 81 people on board.

·         July 12, 1970, the central mast of the Orlunda radio transmitter collapsed after a lightning strike destroyed its basement insulator.

·         December 24, 1971: LANSA Flight 508 crashed as a result of lightning in Peru, with 91 people killed.[119]

·         November 2, 1994, lightning struck fuel tanks in Dronka, Egypt and caused 469 fatalities.[120

 


  • 74 views | 8 comments

  • 54 views | 1 comment

  • 53 views | 3 comments

  • 56 views | 2 comments

  • 38 views | 1 comment


Back to Top

Comments


Back to Top

Post your reply: