How far does lightning travel in the water?
In a thunderstorm, being totally immersed in sea water is often a better bet that hiding out on your boat or surfboard, even with the chance of sharks!
Basic principles suggest that the answer is ‘very close’ – within maybe tens of metres – so long as you are totally immersed in the water when the lightning strikes.
How far does electricity travel?
Typical voltages for long distance transmission are in the range of 155,000 to 765,000 volts in order to reduce line losses. A typical maximum transmission distance is about 300 miles (483 km). High-voltage transmission lines are quite obvious when you see them.
Can electric current flow through water?
Electricity flows through water because it contains ions of dissolved salts and metals. Distilled water, which does not contain impurities, does not conduct electricity.
What happens if electricity touches water?
Electricity and Water: A Dangerous CombinationYou can become electricity’s path to the ground if you are touching water that touches electricity. Electricity would travel through the water and through you to the ground. If you play with high-power water squirters, keep them away from power lines.