How to protect yourself when lightning strikes

YOU can die if lightning strikes your house when you're inside taking a bath according to advice from the ABC.

In an article published on the issue in December last year well known physicist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki said about 100 people died from being stuck by lightning each year. 

And he warned talking on a landline phone in the midst of a storm is a bad idea. 

"If you have a landline phone connected by a wire to the exchange, lightning can hit anywhere along that line depending on how the wire travels (underground or overground)," Dr Kruszelnicki said.

"Telstra does warn there are cases where people have been harmed using a corded phone."

Other dangers warned of included taking a bath as water and metal both conduct electricity. 

In evidence of just how powerful a lightning strike can be this water tank in Booie, Queensland was melted after it was reportedly struck in January. 

The South Burnett Times reports the 5000 gallon tank was melted by the strike. 

"You wonder the power of nature that can shatter trees and that sort of thing, but you don't expect the water tank to cop it, it's a fairly rare occurrence," travelling musician Dean Perrett said of the incident. 

In August last year lightning strikes killed 300 reindeer in Norway. 

Knut Nylend from the Norwegian Environment Agency told broadcaster NRK the animals were most likely killed by a single strike due to their tendency to stand close together.

A handout picture provided by the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljodirektoratet) shows more than 300 wild reindeer which were found dead on Hardangervidda, Norway, 28 August 2016. The animals apparently died after lightning struck the central mountain plateau. EPA/HAVARD
A handout picture provided by the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljodirektoratet) shows more than 300 wild reindeer which were found dead on Hardangervidda, Norway, 28 August 2016. The animals apparently died after lightning struck the central mountain plateau. EPA/HAVARD


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