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Bright purple cloud in Chile leaves citizens puzzled

After being alerted by citizens, officials soon began investigating the bizarre phenomenon.

August 27, 2022 / 09:02 AM IST
(Image credit: @JeannetteQuim/Twitter)

(Image credit: @JeannetteQuim/Twitter)


Last week, in Chile's Pozo Almonte city, citizens spotted a bright purple cloud in the sky. Photos of the bizarre phenomenon came to be shared widely on social media.

They showed a purple streak extending across the sky -- a sight that would puzzle anyone.

Concerned citizens reported the sighting to the authorities, who soon began an investigation into it, The Sun reported.

 

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It turns out that the purple cloud was caused by iodine leaking from a nearby mine. The purple-black nonmetal changed from a solid to gaseous state because of a pump failure, The Sun quoted environmental officials as saying.

The seepage fortunately did not have any harmful effects, officials said. They were at the site for two days to keep watch.

Officials are likely to register a complaint against the operators of the mine where the seepage occured.

"We are  in contact with the Superintendency of Environment so that tomorrow we can evaluate the filing of a complaint for non-compliance with the regulations and the commitments made by the company in environmental matters," regional official Daniel Quinteros told the newspaper.
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first published: Aug 27, 2022 08:59 am
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