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Lightning Strikes Volcanic Ash In Patagonia

Volcanic eruptions are some of the craziest events that Mother Nature can throw at us. Flowing lava, pluming clouds of ash and tall explosions all contribute to the extreme nature of an eruption. It's hard to imagine anything being more intense than that, isn't it? Well, you're about to see something that is. 

What we have here is a very rare phenomenon: the cloud of ash from the volcanic eruption is struck by lightning, producing some truly breathtaking visuals. This phenomenon, filmed in Patagonia, is sometimes called a "dirty thunderstorm." The lightning in this situation is actually caused by colliding ash particles, as opposed to colliding ice crystals that typically cause lightning in thunderstorms.

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