Lightning strikes mobile phones

Forget radiation fears over mobile phone use, it appears callers have something more dramatic to worry about. According to the British Medical Journal, lightning strikes have killed a number of people across the globe and severely injured a UK teen, because of the conductive properties of their mobile phone.

According to an article in the journal, people are generally likely to survive a lightning strike: ‘the high resistance of human skin results in lightning being conducted over the skin without entering the body,’ it states, causing an effect known as ‘flashover’.

‘This phenomenon has a low mortality. Conductive materials in direct contact with skin such as liquids or metallic objects disrupt the flashover and result in internal injury.’

The case quoted involves a 15-year-old girl who was struck in a park in London and left wheelchair bound with ‘complex physical, cognitive, and emotional problems’. Other victims struck while talking on their mobile in China, Korea and Malaysia all died from their injuries.

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