Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Risking their health: Siberians flock to toxic lake for 'Maldives' selfies

The Latest Instagram Hotspot Is Actually A Dump For Chemical Waste Instagram users urged to stop taking selfies in toxic Russian pond
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 11:23

The company went on: "Walking along the ash dump is like walking on a military firing range - unsafe and undesirable".

The statement, which noted that the artificial lake had become a "star of social media", cautioned people against touching the water and stressed that swimming is prohibited. It's easy to understand why would-be Instagram influencers, travel bloggers, yoga models, and newlyweds stand alongside the iridescent blue waters, using the alluring lake as a backdrop for their FOMO-inducing photography. The water's gorgeous aquamarine hue is in no way natural, but rather the result of "deposits of calcium salts and metal oxides" and completely toxic. But unlike other nearby bodies of water, this one stands out - its water is a beguiling shade of bright turquoise.

The bottom of the dump is very muddy, the company warned, adding that getting out of the reservoir alone is almost impossible.

Still, people are flocking to the site to get that ideal IG photo.

The location has become such a popular location on social media that it has its own Instagram account, The Moscow Times said, which is filled with images of people posing near the radiant water.

A post claimed that so many tourists had started visiting the site that thieves had started breaking into cars while visitors took photos. The site has been increasing in popularity with Instagram users, who flock to the area to snap a photo with the otherworldly H20.

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Like Zheleznova, most people respected the warnings, choosing to take their pictures on shore. "The water tastes a bit sour, looks like chalk".

"The next morning, my legs turned slightly red and itched for two days", the man wrote.

The pond is a dumping site for coal ash mixed with water, according to the Siberian Generating Company (SGK). The lake was created in the 1970s and is the largest of its kind in Siberia.

The rash of Instagrammers flocking to the lake has promoted the Siberian Generating Company to warn that the chemicals inside the lake may cause allergic skin reactions and to avoid swimming at all costs.

"This didn't stop some Russians to organise whole picnics by the lake".

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