U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 24

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Monday, June 24th.  One of nature's displays of power brings out an almost universal fear — lightning.  As it flashes across the sky or strikes the ground, accompanied with crackling booms, it makes most people feel vulnerable.  While not much can be done to lessen the unease, there are some common sense steps we can take to lessen the potential danger.  That's why this is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service.  The goal is to educate Americans about the danger of lightning and to reduce the number of deaths caused by strikes each year.  Such deaths have declined in the first decade of this century:  from 51 down to 29 in 2010.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 388

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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