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Multi-Colored Snow Falling in Siberia


Reports of multi-colored snow falling in Siberia has caused Russian scientists to rush to the area to investigate. The snow has been described as smelly orange, yellow and green and is falling in the Omsk region, about 1,400 miles east of Moscow.

The Emergency Situations Ministry has warned locals not to eat or drink the snow and further investigations are pending.

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  The surreal east  
A lot of crazy stuff happens in the east. We don't understand half of it. Whatever is up with this snow, this isn't the first time it's happened. It's weird, but harmless, apparently. From TASS:

"An orange-coloured snowfall in Russia’ s Siberian Omsk region on Wednesday was not radioactive, according to first lab tests made by specialists of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and the Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog. . . environmental prosecutor of the Omsk region, Anton German, said, 'There have been similar cases, but only one of them was man-caused. In all other cases there were natural reasons behind coloured snowfalls: seaweeds, sand, etc.' . . . There are no major industrial enterprises within the radius of 200 kilometres . . . the ministry reports that there have been no health complains from the local population."

  by: Volkova_Nova     02/02/2007 10:48 AM     
  Muticolored snow?  
Sounds like someone took a pee off the side of the mountain, to me.

Remember, boy & girls... Don't eat snow if it's yellow or brown.
  by: CArnold     02/02/2007 11:39 AM     
  How do we know?  
that this is not connected with that nuclear power plant shut down?
  by: Ramona   02/02/2007 12:17 PM     
  @ Ramona  
Along your note - if anyone is good at researching weather, perhaps there were also reports such as this after Chernobyl.

Never know.
  by: Discarded Vet   02/02/2007 02:16 PM     
"The snow has been described as smelly orange, yellow and green..."

That's what it sounds like :D
  by: zephan     02/02/2007 02:48 PM     
  1,500 Square Kilometres  
That would be a LOT of fish food!
  by: Discarded Vet   02/02/2007 04:53 PM     
  Have To Know  
What it is when it has been tested.

This is worrying.
  by: captainJane     02/02/2007 06:37 PM     
  UPDATE! Mystery Solved  
Turns out the cause of the snow's colour? Iron.

"'It has been established that the snow’s toxicity index is within the norm. The only elevated norm was the iron content,' said Vladimir Gurzhei, director of the ministry.
'The yellow-coloured snow that fell two days ago in areas of Omsk region poses no threat to people’s health.'
The ministry said the most likely cause of the unusual snow, which ranged in colour from light yellow to orange and carried a distinctive rotten odour, was 'waste from metallurgical plants'."


Also, there's this:

"Viktor Chipchai, a regional Emergency Situations Ministry official, said the snow had tested positive for high concentrations of metals, including iron. He asserted that the levels were not harmful to humans.

Other area authorities with the emergency ministry and Russia's Consumer Protection Agency also noted that while the level of certain metals was four times higher than it should be, that did not pose a threat to humans.

'The layer of polluted snow is only 1 millimetre and upon melting in the spring the metal will go into the soil. Besides, iron is harmless,' Pyotr Uskov of the consumer agency said."


The second source includes a photo of the snow. Spooky!
  by: Volkova_Nova     02/02/2007 08:51 PM     
It's from Kazakhstan.... they must be kicking up a storm over the Borat film.
  by: theironboard     02/03/2007 10:34 AM     
  Not sure that I believe ...  
... the official story. Notwithstanding the Russian government's poor record on honesty recently (I'm not throwing stones; I live in the U.S.!), the locals are saying this stuff is oily and musty-smelling, and some green groups suspect it may be industrial byproducts. Remember, the EPA said the air around the site of the WTC was safe, too.
  by: l´anglais     02/04/2007 05:28 PM     
  Seen the same in Olomouc  
Used to see the same in Olomouc because of al of the coal mining.
It polluted everything.
Water was always black/brown, and smelled like crap! You could boil it al you wanted, but it was never really "safe". Stick to something from Karlovy Vary or Marianske Lazne. The iron explanation does seem plausible, but knowing the Russian's history of honesty - I doubt it.

Rule of thumb - if something isn't the color it is supposed be - there's something wrong!
  by: Zpravodajec     02/07/2007 08:01 PM     
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