Giant mushroom-shaped cloud scares locals in Siberia (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
A rare and startling sight sparked the concerns of locals, who feared that an explosion might have occurred at one of the many mines for which the coal-rich Kuzbass is renowned.
“A nuclear war is today in Chusovitino,” @kemerovo_insta wrote.
The others were more cheerful, however.
“A wonder-cloud on the track.”
@khsy_20_ suggested nature was sending a signal that it’s the time of year to pick mushrooms.
“A mushroom cloud has grown today. This is, probably, a hint that a ‘mushroom season’ is in full swing. It’s time to pick mushrooms. Very beautiful!”
The emergency services were quick to calm down locals, saying that a weirdly-shaped cloud is no more than an ordinary rain cloud being formed. No accidents or ongoing fires were reported that day, Sibnet reported citing local emergencies’ press service as saying.
The natural phenomenon could have been observed in the various parts of the Kuzbass capital, Kemerovo, and in nearby villagers.
Скорее всего, только ленивый житель Кузбасса не запечатлел это облако. Красивое и пугающее одновременно ☁☁☁ Для #летаgram от @alaskafar @eva1706 @tsveluha @zhabcka #летаgram_природа судья Фарида ☁☁☁ Для марафона #colorlastdays Рог изобилия от @julicosmo @lopatkova_starshaya @pcholik Спонсор @ceramisu @vnukova.anna
While the view might be mesmerizing, it is not such a rare occasion. On July 18, a phenomenon known as a microburst was captured by photographer Jerry Ferguson over Phoenix, Arizona, from a helicopter.