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By , Staff writer

1. You're at sea level and you see a lightning flash. Ten seconds later, you hear a thunderclap. About how far away are you from the lightning strike?

Sound at sea level travels at just over 761 miles per hour, which works out to roughly one fifth of a mile per second. Therefore, you can calculate your distance from the strike in miles by dividing the number of seconds by five.

Sound at sea level travels at just over 761 miles per hour, which works out to roughly one fifth of a mile per second. Therefore, you can calculate your distance from the strike in miles by dividing the number of seconds by five.

Sound at sea level travels at just over 761 miles per hour, which works out to roughly one fifth of a mile per second. Therefore, you can calculate your distance from the strike in miles by dividing the number of seconds by five.

Sound at sea level travels at just over 761 miles per hour, which works out to roughly one fifth of a mile per second. Therefore, you can calculate your distance from the strike in miles by dividing the number of seconds by five.

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10 miles

 

Five miles

 

Two miles

 

One mile

 
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