In mindestens drei Städten Sibiriens kam vor einer Woche schwarzer Schnee vom Himmel. Der entsteht dann, wenn sich Kohlenstaub mit Luft und Wasser mischen, was wohl auch hier der Fall war. In der Nähe der drei betroffenen Städte befindet sich das Kohlebergwerk Kemerovo.
In grim scenes uploaded to social networks and described as „post-apocalyptic“ by Russian media, Siberian residents in the cities of Prokopyevsk, Kiselyovsk, and Leninsk-Kuznetsky have shared images of their soiled, shadowy landscape – prompting at least one Twitter user to ask, „Is this what snow looks like in hell?“
The director of the Prokopyevskaya coal plant claims the black snow was the result of a broken shield at the facility, which exposed coal powder to the atmosphere – but has also said emissions inevitably escape, and „we can’t tackle coal dust in the streets“.
#Russia is a country of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. But the sheer lack of environmental regulations is a devastating effect for residents in #Kuzbass, where last night there was BLACK SNOW. pic.twitter.com/zMiEWBJbnh
— Khodorkovsky Center (@mbk_center) February 14, 2019
— Strange Sounds (@Strange_Sounds) February 15, 2019