Massive mushroom cloud rises over Beijing skyline

By David Edwards
Monday, June 18, 2012 8:59 EDT
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Mushroom cloud in Beijing
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A giant mushroom-like cloud resembling an atomic bomb explosion and sparking fears of Armageddon appeared in Beijing last week.

The most likely explanation was a weather phenomenon known as a giant cumulonimbus, a tall and dense vertical cloud that is associated with thunder storms, according to The Daily Mail.

The Xinhua news agency published breathtaking photos of the cloud. Several videos taken from high-rise buildings were also posted online.

Watch these videos, published to YouTube on June 17, 2012.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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