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Ugandan Lightning Strike Kills 18 Primary-School Children, New Vision Says
By Fred Ojambo - Jun 28, 2011 10:06 PM MT
A lightning strike killed 18 primary-school children and injured 36 others at a school in northwestern Uganda, the New Vision reported, citing Patrick Byaruhanga, a regional police commander.
The children died at Runyanya Primary School in the Kiyandongo district, about 189 kilometers (117 miles) northwest of the capital, Kampala, the newspaper said. They were waiting in their classroom for a storm to pass when the lightning struck, it said.
The deaths came as at least 37 children and two teachers were wounded in another lightning strike at a school in Paidha near the Congolese border, the newspaper said.
In the past “few weeks,” at least 40 people have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, the newspaper said.
How Far Away Is Lightning From Me?
To estimate the distance between you and a lightning flash, use the "Flash to Bang" method: If you observe lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear thunder.
Divide the number of seconds by five to get the distance in miles.
Example: If you see lightning and it takes 10 seconds before you hear the thunder, then the lightning is 2 miles away from you (10 divided by 5 = 2 miles).
If our youth is getting so bad that they can't do simple division, let them download one of the many smartphone Lightning Apps that lets them push buttons to derive the distance.azbackpackr wrote:If you asked these kids to do division in their heads they would just give you the thousand yard stare.
I hate to break this to you, but unless thunder is exactly 5 seconds after the lightning, this "rule" IS a division problem.azbackpackr wrote:Rather than asking us to do a division problem, not easy for some people, why do they not just teach the very easy old Boy Scout rule of 5 seconds equals one mile?