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La Palma: Lightning flashes over volcano during eruption

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La Palma: Lightning flashes over volcano during eruption

This is the eye-catching moment red-hot eruption from the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma was accompanied by flashes of lightning.

A study published in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters found lightning can be produced during volcanic eruptions because the collision of ash particles creates an electrical charge.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on September 19 and has destroyed more than 800 buildings and forced the evacuation of about 6,000 people from their homes on the island. La Palma, with a population of about 83,000, is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.

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