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Two students suffer cardiac arrest after lightning strike

The local fire department received a report at around 2:30 p.m. local time that multiple people were injured by lightning that struck the ground.

• April 3, 2024
Lightning strike photo used to illustrate this story (Credit: Britannica)
Lightning strike photo used to illustrate this story (Credit: Britannica)

Two high school students have suffered cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning on Wednesday as they attended a football match in Japan’s south-western prefecture of Miyazaki, local media reported.

The local fire department received a report at around 2:30 p.m. local time that multiple people were injured by lightning that struck the ground of Miyazaki Sangyo-keep University in Miyazaki City.

Miyazaki City, Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun reported the situation, citing the Miyazaki City Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and transported the injured to the hospital, with two people suffering cardiac arrest.

According to the fire department, a football practice match was held at the ground at that time.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said atmospheric conditions were extremely unstable in southern Kyushu and other areas due to a low-pressure front, and rain clouds were forming over Miyazaki City.

Lightning warnings were issued for the prefecture due to the risk of severe gusts of wind, according to the JMA. 

(Xinhua/NAN)

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