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The largest light show in the world

A phenomenon known as Catatumbo Lightning (Spanish Rel├ímpago del Catatumbo) occurs from 140 to 160 nights a year on the basin of Lake Maracaibolake in western Venezuela. It is active for 10 hours per day and produce up to 280 lightning per hour. The area sees an estimated 1,176,000 electrical discharges per year and are visible up to 400 km away. The frequent, powerful flashes of lightning over this relatively small area are considered to be the world’s largest light show.

Catatumbo Lightning Venezuela
Catatumbo Lightning: An incredible meteorological phenomenon

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