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Wed July 17, 2013
The Randomness Of Lightning Fatalities: A Map Story
Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 11:50 am
Lightning strikes somewhere on Earth about 100 times per second, equaling 8.6 million times per day and more than 3 billion times a year. The odds of being struck by lightning, however, are extremely slim, and smaller still are the odds of that strike being fatal; only 1 in 10 strikes results in death.
Though American lifestyle changes in the past century have contributed to a fall in fatalities, the advice from the National Weather Service is still the same, common-sense solution it's been for years: "React quickly to the threat and get to a safe place," says John Jensenius, lightning safety specialist with the NWS.
All in all, 35 men, women and children of all ages have been killed in lightning-related incidents in the past 18 months in the U.S. Place your cursor on one of the dots on the map below to read the story behind the statistic.