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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mercury Lake Found

MOSCOW () -- A man digging a pit in his garden to build a garage found a "lake of mercury" there, Izvestia newspaper said Friday.

Alexander Zavarukhin, who lives in a village near the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, called on civil emergency volunteers who in two operations extracted 180 kilograms of the highly toxic substance from the earth in his garden.

Izvestia said the mercury may have filtered into the soil from a local coal mine, but did not elaborate.

Local officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.