Lightning Strikes Grand Canyon Arizona to Queensland, Australia
A bolt of lightning flashes in an erupting volcano in Japan in this photo taken by German photographer Martin Rietze at Sakurajima volcano, Japan. Sakurajima had been silent for 100 years when there was a huge eruption in 1914 which swallowed up nearby islands and created an isthmus to the mainland, ending its life as an island. Sakurajima’s rumbled into life again in 1955 and has been erupting almost constantly ever since.
Picture: Martin Rietze/National
Lighting strikes the dome of the Basilica of St Peter’s in the Vatican, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.
Picture: EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
A lighting bolt flashes through the night sky and strikes a building in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, narrowly missing Q1, the largest residential building in Australia. Amateur photographer Luke Wormald was taking shelter from the storm when the bolt struck just 100 metres from him.
Picture: LUKE WORMALD / GUZELIAN
A flash of lightning illuminates the steep sides of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Picture: TRAVIS ROE / U.S. DEPT OF THE INTERIOR / CATERS NEWS
Photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies. A long exposure made it possible to catch two lightning bolts with one shot. The foreground was light-painted with a flashlight by his friend Scott. The image was shot from Moran Point on the South Rim of the canyon.
Picture: Rolf Maeder/Rex Features
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is hit by lightning in this picture captured by Mahmoud Hamdan, a student, as a huge electrical storm rolled in over the United Arab Emirates. The building is 828 m (2,717 ft) high.
Picture: MAHMOUD HAMDAN / CATERS
A lightning bolt appears to strike the Statue of Liberty. The moment was captured by New York photographer Jay Fine who spent the night braving the storm in Battery Park City, Manhattan, in a bid to get the perfect picture.
Picture: JAY FINE / CATERS NEWS
Lightning bolts appear to strike both the Willis Tower and the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago.