Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies

Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies

The company was quoted as saying, "You cannot swim in the ash dump". The water in it has a high alkaline environment.

The company says the water is highly acidic and can cause an allergic reaction if it comes in contact with human skin.

Despite looking like paradise at first glance, the lake in Novosibirsk - nicknamed the Siberian Maldives - is actually an industrial dump.

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.

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.

"I took pictures there because it is very handsome and there are not lots of places nearby", Aksyutina told InsideEdition.com. The water's pH is above 8, SGC said, though it claimed the water wasn't poisonous.

She said they researched the dangers carefully before making the journey and made sure to follow the recommendations. "We kept the rules, did not climb into the water".

More news: Teen bomber kills at least five at eastern Afghanistan wedding
More news: European Union may impose sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling
More news: Cardi B claps back at Jermaine Dupri over ‘stripper rappers’ comments

The lengthy advisory, however, appears to have done little to quell the flow of visitors, marking the latest example of the lengths to which people will go for the flawless Instagram photo.

Even though Galieva mimicked being on an exotic vacation by posing in her bikini, she insisted she and her family kept their distance.

Some users joked about the taste of the water as "chalky" or "sweet", though it was not clear if they were being serious.

Unfortunately, the warnings seem to have served only to raise the lake's profile, as the lake has since seen a steady stream of Insta-picnickers, photographers and honeymooners. He said the next day his legs "turned slightly red and itched for about two days".

Travel vlogger Antosha Provocateur even spent extended time with his crew there, filming every twist and turn of the turquoise dump by drone.

"We know that the lake is toxic and didn't enter the water", Marina Zheleznova, a young Siberian woman who staged a photoshoot by the lake with her partner, told CNN.

Related Articles

  • Shoelace is Google’s latest attempt at making a social network that sticks

    Shoelace is Google’s latest attempt at making a social network that sticks

    The app will try to organize activities based on users' geographical locations and interests, then make appropriate suggestions. It is now available only to 'select communities' in New York City, and users must have an active Google account to sign in.
    England beat Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

    England beat Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

    He was subsequently fined 30 percent of his match fee and handed two demerit points for his response to the decision. It will be England's fourth World Cup final, and New Zealand's second, though neither team has won it.
    Pence tour of migrant centre shows men crowded in cages

    Pence tour of migrant centre shows men crowded in cages

    When reporters toured the facility before Pence, the men screamed that they'd been held there 40 days, some longer. Two of the children said they had walked for two to three months before arriving at the facility.
  • Father of Celtics pick Waters found dead

    Father of Celtics pick Waters found dead

    The Boston Celtics defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-87, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday. With the Celtics signing Kemba Walker in free agency, Edwards could be an option for the team as the backup point guard.
    Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas

    Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas

    A No.10 spokeswoman said: "The prime minister has always been clear that leaving without a deal would be disruptive". The pair were each to be interviewed for half an hour in a programme to be aired on Friday night.
    Canadian journalist Hodan Naleyeh dies in Somalia extremist attack

    Canadian journalist Hodan Naleyeh dies in Somalia extremist attack

    State-run Somali National News Agency said in a statement Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire had condemned the attack. Sources said that some lawmakers were at the hotel to discuss upcoming local elections at the time of the attack.
  • Washington Rejects Ramaphosa's Jibe That It Is 'Jealous' of Huawei's 5G Technology

    Washington Rejects Ramaphosa's Jibe That It Is 'Jealous' of Huawei's 5G Technology

    Although Trump is going to ease the restrictions on Huawei, the future of Huawei in the United States is still clouded. It is yet to reveal what will happen to Huawei's use of Android and ARM-based chipsets.
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 How to Find Gold

    Dragon Quest Builders 2 How to Find Gold

    In the Isle of Awakening, you and up to three other Builders can explore together in local wireless* or play online** together. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a odd mix of various genres that are fused together in a game, and it works exceptionally well.
    First case of West Nile Virus reported in Smith County

    First case of West Nile Virus reported in Smith County

    County health officials say elderly people with other chronic health issues are more susceptible to complications from the virus. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Samsung posts new video teasing Galaxy Note 10’s multitasking capabilities

    Samsung posts new video teasing Galaxy Note 10’s multitasking capabilities

    With the new wireless power share feature, Samsung is trying to deliver 20W reverse charging capacity to its new phone. Samsung has already revealed that it will be unveiling the unannounced Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 at an event in NY .
    Roach eager for Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

    Roach eager for Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

    When the fight was first announced, Thurman was the betting favorite, but now the Filipino superstar has been placed as favorite. In January, Thurman returned from a 22-month layoff caused by multiple injuries to outpoint Josesito Lopez by majority decision.
    Oil at six-week high on Gulf of Mexico storm, supply decline

    Oil at six-week high on Gulf of Mexico storm, supply decline

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc has also evacuated non-essential personnel at seven platforms and BP also began removing offshore personnel. Futures in NY rose as much as 0.7% after climbing 4.5% on Wednesday to close above $60 a barrel for the first time since May.