For locals, it’s a frightening experience, but for everyone else: Amazing. The Colima volcano eruption in Mexico produced some spectacular photos over the weekend, completely with lightning inside the ash cloud.
Holy wow! Lightning flash spotted in the ash cloud of the Colima Volcano which is 301 miles west of Mexico City pic.twitter.com/oJegOH6uZF
— Astro Sid (@ssaig) April 3, 2015
The volcano is one of the most active in Mexico, and it is known as the “fire volcano” or “Volcan de Fuego” in Spanish.
So, how does lightning strike an ash cloud?
It takes place “through friction, [as] particles of the ash can charge each other by rubbing against each other during the eruption. When the energy is discharged, it can create lightning bolts,” says Phys.org.
Photographer César Cantú took the photo of lightning hitting the volcano on Sunday.