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Lightning in the 'cataclysmic' Tonga Volcano Eruption Shattered 'all Records' | CNN

2023-01-09 00:00:00

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted in January 2022, it sent shockwaves around the world. Not only did it trigger widespread tsunami waves, but it also belched an enormous amount of climate-warming water vapor into the Earth's stratosphere. Now researchers in a new report have unveiled something else: the eruption set off more than 25,500 lightning events in just five minutes. Robert Holzworth, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted.

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