A Rare Volcanic Lightning Storm Captured on Video During the Eruption of a Japanese Volcano

German videographer Marc Szeglat captured an incredible video of an extremely rare volcanic lightning storm in the plume of Sakurajima, a highly active volcano on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The phenomenon, also known as a dirty thunderstorm, occurs when particles from the eruption collide to produce static charges.

Volcanic lightning during eruptions of Sakura-jima in Japan. The video footage of the lightnings was made from a composition of stil photos. You can se an explosive eruption with visible shock wave, too.