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Lightning myths in southern Africa


Lightning kills many people in Africa every year. There is consensus in the literature that something should be done to raise awareness about lightning safety in southern Africa. This paper is the result of a study to find common myths, beliefs and misconceptions about lightning in southern Africa to determine whether they have any impact on lightning safety. It presents the most common beliefs, assesses whether they increase people’s risk and concludes with recommendations on which myths should be included in lightning safety material.

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Trengove, E., Jandrell, I. Lightning myths in southern Africa. Nat Hazards 77, 101–110 (2015).

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  • Lightning
  • Lightning safety
  • Lightning myths
  • Lightning misconceptions