Toxic Lake in Russias Siberia Becomes Selfie Sensation

 snopes.com  07/13/2019 19:11:02  2

MOSCOW (AP)  Residents of a city in Siberia dont need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents  ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds  have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the Siberian Maldives.

The lake is blue, however, due to a chemical reaction between toxic waste elements from a local power station. Environmentalists are warning people against coming into contact with the water.

We can compare it only with photos of the Maldives, said Sergey Griva, a local who visited the lake, adding hes never been to the Maldives and couldnt find it on a map.

Dmitry Shakhov, a Russian environmentalist, warned that the water in the lake can cause allergic reactions or even chemical burns if ingested or touched.

This water is saturated with heavy metals (and) harmful substances, he said.

The Siberian Generating Company said Friday it has deployed guards to keep trespassers at bay, but insists the lake presents no environmental danger.

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