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Venezuela's Eternal Storm - 07 Nov 2014
This year the Catatumbo Lightning was approved for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records, dethroning the Congolese town of Kifuka as the place with the world's most lightning bolts per square kilometer each year at 250. Scientists think the Catatumbo, named for a river that runs into the lake, is normal lightning that just happens to occur far more than anywhere else, due to local topography and wind patterns.
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November 07, 2014
A house stands on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds into...
Congo Mirador, Venezuela
A house stands on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds into...
A house stands on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. This year the Catatumbo Lightning was approved for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records, dethroning the Congolese town of Kifuka as the place with the world's most lightning bolts per square kilometer each year at 250. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Fishermen land their boat in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. Scientists...
Ologa, Venezuela
Fishermen land their boat in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
Fishermen land their boat in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. Scientists think the Catatumbo, named for a river that runs into the lake, is normal lightning that just happens to occur far more than anywhere else, due to local topography and wind patterns. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A woman stands by the door of her house on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador in the western...
Congo Mirador, Venezuela
Woman stands by the door of her house on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador in the western...
A woman stands by the door of her house on Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador in the western state of Zulia October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A woman named Alida poses at the window of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state...
Ologa, Venezuela
Woman named Alida poses at the window of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state...
A woman named Alida poses at the window of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A girl floats in a bucket in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge...
Ologa, Venezuela
Girl floats in a bucket in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A girl floats in a bucket in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A woman named Alida swims outside her house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October...
Ologa, Venezuela
Woman named Alida swims outside her house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A woman named Alida swims outside her house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A fisherman washes outside his stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October...
Ologa, Venezuela
Fisherman washes outside his stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A fisherman washes outside his stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds...
Congo Mirador, Venezuela
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds...
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Congo Mirador, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the...
Ologa, Venezuela
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the...
Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Lightning strikes on the horizon over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River...
Ologa, Venezuela
Lightning strikes on the horizon over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River...
Lightning strikes on the horizon over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Clothes are seen drying outside a stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October...
Ologa, Venezuela
Clothes are seen drying outside a stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
Clothes are seen drying outside a stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A fisherman looks at his catch in the stilt village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 22,...
Ologa, Venezuela
Fisherman looks at his catch in the stilt village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A fisherman looks at his catch in the stilt village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A woman stands next to fish which were left on the dock of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in...
Ologa, Venezuela
Woman stands next to fish which were left on the dock of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in the...
A woman stands next to fish which were left on the dock of her stilt house in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A boy holds a cooked fish on a leaf in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23,...
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Boy holds cooked fish on a leaf in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A boy holds a cooked fish on a leaf in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Fishermen prepare their nets in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014....
Ologa, Venezuela
Fishermen prepare their nets in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
Fishermen prepare their nets in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A family travels in a boat on Lake Maracaibo, between houses on stilts, in the village of Congo Mirador...
Congo Mirador, Venezuela
Family travels in a boat on Lake Maracaibo, between houses on stilts, in the village of Congo Mirador...
A family travels in a boat on Lake Maracaibo, between houses on stilts, in the village of Congo Mirador in the western state of Zulia October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Domingo Rios, an evangelical priest who travels around villages near Maracaibo Lake, poses for a portrait...
Ologa, Venezuela
Rios, an evangelical priest who travels around villages near Maracaibo Lake, poses for a portrait in...
Domingo Rios, an evangelical priest who travels around villages near Maracaibo Lake, poses for a portrait in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
A girl skips with a rope in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. Picture...
Ologa, Venezuela
Girl skips with a rope in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia
A girl skips with a rope in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. Picture taken October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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November 07, 2014
Children play football in the village of Congo Mirador in the western state of Zulia October 21, 2014....
Congo Mirador, Venezuela
Children play football in the village of Congo Mirador in the western state of Zulia
Children play football in the village of Congo Mirador in the western state of Zulia October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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