18 Lightning Strike Survivors Reveal Their Shocking Markings
Most of us have seen lighting dancing through the sky but have you ever thought what happens when lightning struck the ground or people? While thousands of people are struck by lightning each year, only a fraction are fatally injured. A lightning bolt could heat the surrounding air up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is five times hotter than the sun and could contain up to 300kV of energy. When this amount of electricity enters the body, it short-circuits the small electrical signals which run your heart, lungs, and nervous system. That can lead to cardiac arrest, brain injury, spinal cord damage, seizures, and amnesia. The blistering heat, light, and electricity can also damage your eyes. And the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo-like mark, known as the Lichtenberg figure.
It’s horrifying that when lightning struck you it can force red blood cells out of your capillaries, into your epidermis. Like a bruise. These intricate designs are called Lichtenberg figures. Lichtenberg scarring or figures, which outlines ruptured blood vessels, often covers the body in odd, spiderweb patterns which are incredible.