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    • Wendy

      Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. (Carlos Gutierrez) | Photography

    • Salient Technologies, Inc.

      This is NOT a lightening tornado! It's the eruption of Chile’s Chaitén volcano. The plume of ash is thought to generate enough static electricity to cause what is called a “dirty thunderstorm” in the same way that colliding ice particles provide the juice for regular thunderstorms. Scary but beautiful at the same. #nature #science #inspiration #storm

    • Lisa Pownall

      Mother Nature at her awesome best. Makes for a spectacular photo, but I don't think I'd like to be nearby when a lightning struck tornado rocks by!!!

    • Cheryle Hannum

      While this photo is often described as a tornado that hit in Georgia in 2012 it is NOT that. This powerful photograph is a real photo but does not show a tornado that struck Georgia, or anywhere else. This photo shows a volcanic eruption in Chile of the Chaitin volcano on May 3, 2008. Chaitin erupted at night during a storm ... the upward flow of ash, gases, etc. reacted with the lightning to cause the hellish lightning within the eruption flow itself.

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