The incredible moment a lightning bolt hit an exploding volcano


Lightning strikes the top of Volcán de Pacaya which is an active volcano in Villa Canales, Guatemala (Sergio Montufar / SWNS.com)

An incredible picture has captured the moment a lightning bolt hit an erupting volcano.

Astrophotographer Sergio Montúfar, took the photograph as volcanic ash escaped from the top of Volcán de Pacaya which is an active volcano in Villa Canales, Guatemala.

The Guatemala-based astrophotographer had planned to photograph the molten lava after a forecast had predicted clear skies – but ended up getting a much more dramatic result.

‘We planned to climb Volcán de Pacaya because the forecast said clear skies, but it was totally different up there,’ he said. ‘I was there to do an astrophotography of Volcán de Pacaya which has rivers of lava, I wanted to get the milky way over Volcán de Pacaya but the terrible storm didn’t let me.

‘We expected clear skies, but that never happened and we got caught by the rain, then when the storm stopped and the clouds disappeared the volcano started displaying this amazing and breathtaking thunderstorm, so I decided to capture it.

‘I have never seen so many lighting strikes coming from the top of Volcán de Agua.’





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