In the midst of a volcanic eruption, lightning can streak across the ash and smoke above it, but what do we think causes volcanic lightning?

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The following video was shot by filmmaker Marc Szeglat, 47. This incredible footage shows the highly active Sakurajima volcano on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The German videographer was able to capture the rare phenomenon of volcanic lightning, as well as an explosive shockwave which rippled through the sky.

Bonus: The following video features footage of 10 wild volcanic storms.

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