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Cooper Bussmann have done extensive research into electric arcs and their effects.
They came up with this pictorial definition of an electric arc.
Some Comparisons
Lung damage occurs at 1728 lbs / ft2
Ear drums rupture at 720 lbs / ft2
2nd degree skin burns occur at 80
°C
Hearing permenantly damaged at 140bB
A welding arc is 3000 Lux