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Scientists have explained why, in Brazil, lightning strikes most often in people

January 22 2009

In Brazil, the cases of deaths from lightning strikes in them - since the beginning of the year there were 11 such cases. Science has found an explanation for this unusual and tragic phenomenon.

So, last Monday by lightning in the city of Rio de Janeiro, killing two people at once - a 24-year-old student, hanging out with friends in the forest park, and 11-year-old boy who runs a kite from the roof of the house.

According to figures released on the eve Brazilian National Space Research Institute, only in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the first of January marked 20 000 electric shocks, almost 5,000 more than during the same interval last year.

Mezhud those scientists connect frequent cases of lightning strikes to the natural phenomenon La Niña, which is an abnormal lowering of the temperature of water in the eastern Pacific Ocean that changes the wind patterns in South America. Now he is again formed in the Pacific Ocean.

In 2008, Brazil from lightning strikes killed 75 people, that was the biggest indicator of this decade, said Itar-Tass .

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