Lightning strikes this lake more than any other place in the world


The most electric place on Earth: Venezuelan lake is hit by lightning THOUSANDS of times a day  Catatumbo Lightning (Picture: Alan Highton / Barcroft Media)

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has been named a phenomenon by scientists.

It’s the most electric place on earth – and pretty much puts to bed the saying that lightning never strikes the same place twice.

The point where the Catatumbo River meets the lake can be struck by lightning up to 28 times a minute.

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DRM0MG Zulia, Venezuela. 28th Jan, 2014. Image provided by the Ministry of the Popular Power for Tourism shows a flash of Catatumbo Lightning in Zulia, Venezuela, on Jan. 28, 2014. The Catatumbo Lightning occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela. The flashes of lightning over this small area is considered to be the world's largest single generator of tropospheric ozone. © Tourism Ministry/Xinhua/Alamy Live News Lake Maracaibo attracts more lightning more than any other place in the world (Picture: Ministry/Xinhua/Alamy Live News)

Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. This year the Catatumbo Lightning was approved for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records, dethroning the Congolese town of Kifuka as the place with the world's most lightning bolts per square kilometer each year at 250. Scientists think the Catatumbo, named for a river that runs into the lake, is normal lightning that just happens to occur far more than anywhere else, due to local topography and wind patterns. Picture taken with long exposure October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 20 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'VENEZUELA'S ETERNAL STORM' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'CATATUMBO LIGHTNING' - RTR4D9Q3 The lake can see up to 28 lightning strikes per minute (Picture: Reuters)

Catatumbo lightning has earned some impressive aliases, including the Beacon of Maracaibo or the Everlasting Storm.

The area boasts a unique quality, storms continue night after night in the same place.

The powerful flashes hit the Catatumbo River with such reliable frequency that…

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