A few centuries in a row in Venezuela, at one point going on a unique phenomenon. Over marshy plains near the river Catatumbo, hit by lightning. They are often referred to as a “beacon of Maracaibo” or Catatumbo Lightning.
Catatumbo Lightning (Spanish. Relámpago del Catatumbo) – a natural phenomenon that occurs over the place where the river Catatumbo in Lake Maracaibo (South America). The phenomenon is expressed in the appearance of luminescence at about five kilometers without accompanying acoustic effects.
Lightning appear at night (140-160 per year) and ranks last about 10 hours. This gives a total of about 1.2 million discharges per year.
Lightning can be seen from a distance of up to 400 kilometers. They are even used for navigation, because of what the phenomenon is also known as the “Lighthouse of Maracaibo”.
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