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Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 September 2020

Record strong wind destroyed at least half of the unique beach on Ussuri bay.

Glass beach outside Vladivostok. Picture: The Siberian Times

One of the most popular attractions among residents and visitors of Vladivostok barely survived the force of typhoon Maysak which recently ploughed through the Far East of Russia. 

More then 140,000 people were left without electricity, three were killed in accidents caused by the strongest wind Primorye saw since 1969.

'Roofs on dozens of buildings in Vladivostok were ripped away, bridges had to be shut, multiple summer campsites were destroyed, households on the outskirts of both cities flooded. 

The typhoon Maysak left Primorye in the middle of the day on Friday, heading towards the north of China, with hundreds of residents heading outdoors to assess the damage. 

Soon enough social media were flooded with the pictures of devastation caused by wind and waves to the small cliff-sided glass beach outside Vladivostok.

Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak

Aftermath of typhoon Maysak on the glass beach in Vladivostok. Pictures: VL.ru


A large strip of sand which used to be covered with shine colourful glass pebbles now lays bare.

‘What do you mean it got washed away? This was the only reason I wanted to come to Vladivostok’, said one comment to a picture showing the beach covered with rubbish brought by the waves. 

‘My heart is aching, this was the most unusual beach I’ve ever seen’, said a resident of Vladivostok. 

Some of the glass pebbles - once jagged and dangerous shards of broken bottles, porcelain and tiles, smoothed and polished by decades of erosion - were blown to one side of the beach. Others, the locals hope, may one day be brought back by the waves. 

The remarkable glass beach ironically owed its beauty to pollution, formed after years of dumping old vodka, wine and beer bottles, along with jars and ceramics during the Soviet era. 

The tides and waves of Ussuri Bay pounded the glass, ridding it of dangerous jagged edges and shards, forming instead tiny smoothed, rounded and polished glassware in many colours. 

Glass beach outside Vladivostok. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak


Stunning beach with hundreds of colourful sparkling pebbles damaged by typhoon Maysak

Comments (6)

Man, that's a lot of drinking.....
Dave Huff, St Augustine FL, USA
07/09/2020 07:03
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Thank you, ST, for documenting this. It makes me sad.
Michael, Denmark
06/09/2020 18:21
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"Colorful pebbles" = glass refuse sanded down into pebble shapes by sand and salt
J.D., USA
06/09/2020 14:01
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Well, that's one way to look at pollution. "Stunning" usually means amazement. Polished pollution is a new take on the term. One day, maybe we will look at the mountainous landfills and piles of electronic waste and blowing plastic bags and call them "stunning" too, but not in a good way. Humans are pigs.
John Richards, USA
05/09/2020 23:46
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but dont gorget what thisoneswas.Glass thrown away, thrown overboard, TRASH also, actually nothing nice about it.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
05/09/2020 22:37
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Tragic!!!
Scott, USA
05/09/2020 18:15
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