2 in cardiac arrest after lightning strike in southwestern Japan-Xinhua

2 in cardiac arrest after lightning strike in southwestern Japan

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-04-03 16:05:15

TOKYO, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Two high school students have suffered cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning on Wednesday as they attended a football match in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, local media reported.

Local fire department received a report at around 2:30 p.m. local time that multiple people were injured by a lightning struck on the ground of Miyazaki Sangyo-keiei University in Miyazaki City, Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun reported, citing the Miyazaki City Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and transported the injured to the hospital, with two people suffering cardiac arrest, the report said.

According to the fire department, a football practice match was being held at the ground at the time.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said atmospheric conditions were extremely unstable in southern Kyushu and other areas due to a low-pressure front, and rain clouds were forming over Miyazaki City.

Lightning warnings were issued for the prefecture due to the risk of severe gusts of wind, according to the JMA.