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Natural Wonders: Catatumbo Lightning

A lake in Venezuela gets 250 lightning strikes per square kilometre every night
Would you dare to live in a place where there are more than 28 lightning strikes per minute? Yes, you read that right. We have seen many oddities on our planet, but none as electric as this.
The Catatumbo Lightning, also known as the Beacon of Maracaibo or the “everlasting storm”, is seasonal lightning around Lake Maracaibo (13,200 square kilometres) in northern Venezuela. The region endures more than 160 storm nights a year.
During this nocturnal phenomenon, there are over 250 strikes per square kilometre and they occur up to 100km away from the lake.