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Jp13-021-5DII Jp13-361D8 volcano-2 Jp13-084-5DIIJp13-084-5DIIdet Jp13-089-5DIIPhotographer Martin Rietze’s extraordinary photos of the Sakurajima volcano in southern Kyushu, Japan as it disgorged smoke, fire and lava bombs in January, culminating in a violent 20 second lightning show.

The exact cause of volcanic lightning remains unclear. It could be caused by electrically charged volcanic dust or the motion of electrically charged magma bubbles as they are catapulted upward. Or lava pixies. Maybe not lava pixies.