The odds in life of getting struck by lightning are about 1 in a 300,000 chance. Contrary to popular belief, lightning strikes aren’t always a death sentence. In fact, about 90 percent of people in the US who are struck by lighting actually survive the shock.
But victims of lighting rarely walk away unscathed, and the damage can be permanent. A lot of the survivors are left with tattoo-like scars, which is called the ‘Lichtenberg Figure’.
A lightning bolt can reach temperatures up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about five times hotter than the Sun and contains up to 1 billion volts of electricity.
As the lightning moves out of the body, it can force red blood cells out of your capillaries, into your epidermis. The extremely-high temperatures quickly vaporize the moisture on your skin. Sometimes, this steam explosion even blows off people’s clothes or shoes as seen in some movies, leaving them nearly naked.
As well lightning strikes can engrave fields of grass.