Nowadays, it’s hard for things to go undocumented—everything can be documented with a click of a cell phone. While some simply try to take pictures of their day-to-day lives, others focus on recording moments that will take everyone by surprise. Some are lucky enough to catch golden moments, seconds before disaster hits. Although rare, we've collected the funniest, most cringe-worthy pics of moments before a disaster. Check it out!
Photos Before DisasterPublished 5 months ago
On a slightly lighter note, some tragedies didn't end in death, just in some stinky situations. In this photo, we can see his young lady trying to get a sun-kissed tan by laying out on the grass in a public park. Whether it was to block out the sun or just to doze away, the girl decided to close her eyes.
Unfortunately for her, a wandering dog must have found her as an ideal tinkle spot, as we can see the moment he lifts his leg to do his business—right on the lady's face! We're sure the young woman was hoping to get a golden pigment to her skin, but not this type.
Although this perfectly timed picture could be considered funny, we almost feel bad for laughing. There is nothing worse than spending hours working hard on something and then losing all of it in seconds. But sadly, that’s exactly what happened to these guys.
Unfortunately for them, someone was at the perfect spot to document the disaster a split second before it happened, just so they could go back to it and relive the terrible moment as many times as they wanted to. Hopefully, next time they won’t add as much weight as they did here.
Driving one of these bad boys is probably an exhilarating experience, but falling out of them is probably one of the worst things that can happen to someone. Clearly, this guy’s military plane ride didn’t go so well, but thanks to technology, it seems like he ended up being safe.
Apparently, each military plane has a built-in safety device that was created to save the pilot in situations such as this one. The ejection seat is activated as soon as the pilot pulls a lever that is located between their legs. Once the pilot is in the air and away from the aircraft, a parachute opens up.
When you're on vacation, it's tempting to let loose and have a few beers. But, it may be that this man on his ski vacation had a little too many, as in this picture you can see the actual milliseconds before the two beers he is serving to the table, topple over and ultimately shatter on the ground.
Honestly, it looks like the man isn't even that bothered! Maybe it's the vacation vibes or maybe it's the alcohol, but we can't help but wonder what his reaction was, just moments after this photo was taken.
We apologize in advance to everyone who is scared of clowns, as we can imagine how hilariously triggering this picture may be. But we feel even worse for the guy carrying a ton of something that looks like food and is probably about to drop it all over the floor a second after this picture was taken.
We apologize in advance to everyone who is scared of clowns, as we can imagine how hilariously triggering this picture may be. But we feel even worse for the guy carrying a ton of something that looks like food and is probably about to drop it all over the floor a second after this picture was taken.
By the expression on the man's face, this is about to be the crash of his life. The angle in the picture makes it quite hard to understand where exactly he is coming from, but the point is that he either failed to hit the breaks on time, or he was trying to pull off a trick that went completely bananas!
And the worst thing is that from every single angle he could fall on, it seems like he is going to land square on one or more of the ladies - who don't seem too disturbed about what's about to happen!
Here’s the thing, there are many ways we can interpret this picture, but we’re going to focus only on the fact that this guy is about to question his choices. Is it really worth it? Clearly, the woman that just passed by him couldn’t care less, but he absolutely had to turn to see her walk away.
What he didn’t expect though, was to have a huge electricity post in front of him, which is about to teach him a very valuable lesson. To be completely honest, we can't say we feel too bad about this one.
This picture has been around for a while, but it manages to make us cringe every single time. This poor woman is literally getting stung by a stingray, which is a rare occasion. Apparently, stingrays are not big fans of stinging people, so when they do, there is probably a reason behind it.
Sadly though, while she is painfully going through an experience she will never forget, whoever was there with her was having a good laugh, while another person documented the moment.
While the police have come under fire in several places around the world lately, they are technically still there to protect the public from any dangerous situation. But what about a policeman who finds himself in a scary situation such as this one?
We ‘re pretty sure he is doing his best to not kill the poor animal, but he has found himself in an almost impossible situation. In Florida for example, a person can be arrested on a third-degree felony if they choose to injure or kill an alligator.
Whale watching is one of the best experiences a person can have, especially if they manage to watch it from up close. But while the average whale watching trip is not usually that successful, with many people failing to see the whales themselves, these two guys were in for a treat.
They were not only able to see the whale from up close but they also had one of the scariest experiences of their lives. Another whale watcher managed to catch the second before the whale literally fell on their boat.
There is something almost life-changing about going on a safari. Seeing the animals happy in their natural environments is a humbling experience, especially when it comes to majestic animals like the elephant. While they usually mind their own business, they do sometimes get a little bit curious about the people constantly watching them.
Although they aren’t really known for an animal that usually attacks people for no reason, they do sometimes become aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. The couple in this car is probably wondering if they are going to get out of this one alive!
Another person who was sadly caught by a sea creature that wasn’t having the best day. The word out there is that if an octopus manages to latch into a person, the best thing to do is to stay calm (or try to be), and then gently touch its mantle.
Many people believe that the mantle is where the octopus’ head is. Apparently, the animal is usually very protective of this specific part of their body, so they most probably let go once someone touches it.
No matter how hilarious this picture is, it’s important to keep in mind that camel bites are actually no joke. When they bite, which is not that often, they can cause very serious injuries.
As we can see from this picture, they have a huge mouth and some pretty impressive teeth, which probably really hurt the girl in the picture. She has just learned the hard way that putting her head close to an animal is never a good idea, no matter how inoffensive the animal may be.
Yep, just another regular day on the New York subway. The amount of random things that people get to see on the subway is endless, and while sometimes there is some really amazing talent displayed, other people just kind of make questionable decisions.
Like this girl for example, who was not only drinking from a huge cup of soda but also decided to do some pole dancing while holding the cup over this guy. The picture was taken by another passenger who probably saw the disaster that was just about to happen.
While watching a game, many people hope to catch that baseball bat. But no one ever expects to be literally beaten up by it, as we can see from this picture. It seems like every single person is under threat, except for one rather jolly-looking man.
Perhaps the happy man is blind and is completely unaware of the pain that is about to be dished out to his fellow spectators. The positive thing is that at least a few people will get to touch the bat after all.
Now here’s a picture that is just hard to see. No matter how funny it may be, this guy is about to regret his decision after this fall. We’re guessing that he had a couple of beers before trying out a new trick on his bicycle, but instead of giving out a show, he probably traumatized everyone that was there with him.
For the future, this is a learning lesson for all of us, it’s always better to not drink and drive, even if the driving part involves riding a bicycle over the fire.
Here’s the thing, horse riding is great and all, but if that horse is not feeling it that day then the injury that can come from a random fall can be absolutely devastating. Of course, riders are aware that this can happen anytime, but we can only imagine what is going through this person’s head while she was projected from her horse.
To her defense, she couldn’t look cooler with that Harry Potter-style wand, as she flies away in a perfect sitting position. She will always be able to go back to this picture to relive the "magical" moment before the terrible fall.
People have the ability to have some pretty bad ideas, but then again, there are bad ideas in this world, and there are really terrible ideas. These three guys belong to the latter category, as their plan to do whatever they are doing with that tree seems like a recipe for disaster.
Though it surprisingly looks like the guy standing on the ladder is pretty comfortable with the situation, we’re almost sure that the feeling didn’t last very long. Hopefully, they learned their lesson after this one.
Cats will be cats, they say, even if it means breaking every single thing they can find the house. But did you ever wonder why cats love to put themselves in spaces that are almost impossible to accommodate them?
Apparently, they do it because they feel much more secure in confined spaces, and see these spaces as perfect to hide and quietly watch their prey. This doesn’t mean that breaking a couple of things on the way isn’t an amazing added bonus for them.
Seriously now, it cannot be that hard to calculate this one properly. Did this person really think that it made sense to place the ladder on the tip that is just about to be cut? This guy either knows exactly what he is doing, and is about to jump out as soon as the tree falls, or he is about to have one of the biggest falls ever.
And the funny thing is that there is clearly someone watching him because the picture was taken just before he fell. We wonder why the person who snapped it didn’t alert him.
Let’s be honest, cats are sort of an enigma. They are cute, they are often fluffy, but for some unexplained reason, they can also be really mean. While they have been capturing the hearts of many people around the world for thousands of years, others just really can’t stand them.
Either way, it’s hard to deny that this picture is so perfectly timed that even a person who doesn’t like cats would probably like to touch that fluffy fur. We are left wondering what happened the moment the cat touched the floor though.
There is nothing funnier than a family photo that ends in disaster, just like this one. The proud parents were probably just hoping for a beautiful photo with their two little kids, but everyone knows that taking photos with kids is not an easy task.
At some point, they had the brilliant idea of starting to play with them so that the photo would look cute and the kids would behave. Sadly, the mom lost grip exactly in the second that the photo was taken, capturing the moment she literally threw her kid to the floor.
The selfie trend is pretty new, and it has become the reason for many accidents over the past couple of years. People go to great lengths to take the perfect selfie, and unfortunately, that cute selfie is just not worth it sometimes.
This girl for example really wanted to take a beautiful picture while interacting with the unique duck, but she made a rookie mistake. While trying to point to the duck, she probably realized way too late that the duck had other plans, and it was going to hurt!
There is a very good reason why it is necessary to have a driver’s license to drive a quad bike, especially if the person is planning to drive in the city.
But clearly, these two boys and the grownups responsible for them didn’t get the memo, because just after this picture was taken they probably had a hard fall. It’s hilarious to see each of their faces, including the woman behind them kindly trying to catch the kid who is about the fall.
Kids fall all time for different reasons, but some falls are a little bit harder to overcome. This kid was probably so happy to be able to play on the ice, and thankfully, her parents dressed her in enough clothes to hopefully make that fall hurt less.
And while children’s bones are apparently more flexible than adults, she seems to be falling at a pretty rapid pace which is probably going to hurt. Either way, just like kids usually do, she will probably cry a bit, brush it off, and then walk onto the next fall!
We bet this newlywed wasn't expecting this type of adventure on her honeymoon, huh? While she was out for what she thought would be a nice, relaxing swim with her new husband, she got caught by surprise with the most terrifying creature.
We're not sure how her story ends, but we can probably guarantee one thing for certain: she's going to stay as far away from open bodies of water for the rest of her life! We hope the rest of her honeymoon wasn't filled with sneaky things like this snake. Next up, take a look at the best scenes captured by drones and witness the most interesting events unfold through the eyes of a drone.
The image you are looking at was captured by a drone off the coast of an isolated beach, where only two people were walking their dogs, creating a beautiful image, that is very pleasing to the eye,
But the emptiness of the shot isn't what catches our eye here. It's the enormous shadows caught by the drone flying from above that makes this a truly unique photograph. Their massive figures make this image look almost like a painting- with their dark shadows stretching out across the sandy plains and the foamy water washing up on the shore.
The image you are looking at was taken in Edinburgh, Scotland when a drone was doing a fly over a field. It might seem disturbing at first, but there is a simple explanation for the picture. What you are looking at is a statue dubbed Gulliver the Gentle Giant. It was actually made by convicted murderer Jimmy Boyle while he was imprisoned in the Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow.
The statue was placed and unveiled back in 1976 and it became very popular with the local population. The children loved it and loved playing near it. However, just like most other things in life, it was slowly forgotten about and fell into disrepair over the years. The local government decided that it was time to remove the statue back in 2011. It was not only unstable, but it was also in the spot where they wanted to establish a flood prevention system, so it was best for everyone to have it removed. It was digitally scanned prior to the demolition, and it now lives on in the cyberspace.
More than 1.4 billion people are currently residing in China, thus making it the world’s most populated country. And that title brings a lot of trouble in different shapes and forms for the country and the citizens themselves. It is no secret that they have the worst traffic jams in the world. What you are looking at is a photo from a drone that flew near the border with Hong Kong. It snapped a photo on the Beijing–Hong Kong–Macau Expressway. You are looking at 50-lanes that are filled with traffic to the brim.
There is a great explanation as to why an Expressway was full on that day. Thankfully it was not due to an accident but due to a Chinese national holiday called “Golden Week.” This is the time of the year that most of the population has a week off, and they go and visit their family. This, obviously, quickly becomes a problem with a population as high as China’s. The picture itself caught the worst traffic jam ever recorded, and this was back in 2010. It actually lasted for a staggering 12 days, before it cleared out. Some of those cars were only able to travel a mile in a single day. Imagine that.
There is something so stunningly beautiful about nature- and this picture is no exception. In this drone shot, the bright purple and pink hues, combined with the deep green creates the perfect contrast.
You might be wondering exactly what you're looking at and where this beautiful location is. This was taken in Vietnam where the locals make their living by picking water lilies and selling them in their local markets.
What you are looking at is The Silverdome. It is a stadium that was once home to the Detroit Lions football team. They moved out of that place back in 2002, when they made the new Ford Field their home. The Silverdome itself is quite a historical monument. It was once a Super Bowl host, it saw the visit of a pope, it was a place where the NBA finals were played, and even Elvis had a concert there during his best years.
It was purchased in 2009 by investors that wanted to turn it into a soccer stadium. However, that never happened. The reasons are unknown, and there is still no news from the current owners what the future plans are. The stadium was stripped throughout the years, and pretty much everything valuable was taken and sold. The drone picture you are looking at shows the skeleton of the Silverdome and tells a sad story of just how quickly a place can be forgotten about.
This photo was snapped in New Orleans East. What you are looking at is the abandoned Six Flags theme park. The park was closed during the preparations for the Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, but nobody expected that it would close for good on that sad August month. This particular drone photo captured the park just two weeks after the hurricane, and you can see that it was still mostly underwater at the time.
There have been numerous different plans proposed in order to revitalize the place, but none of those plans ever became a reality. The place is still abandoned to this day, and its condition is getting worse and worse as each year passes. However, the New Orleans Police Department patrols the grounds of the park 24/7 in order to catch trespassers, so if you are a thrill-seeker you might not even make it to the gates of this ghost-town amusement park.
This particular photo was snapped for the ‘Dronestagram’ travel photography contest. You are looking at the Mont Saint-Michel which is probably one of the most recognizable UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can find it in Normandy, France. There are more than three million visitors that come to this place each year, and see first-hand what it has to offer. The island itself is quite a historical location. It was used as strategic fortification since ancient times and later became the seat of the monastery that has been present there since the 8th century AD.
When the low tide hits, pilgrims can make their way to the island on foot. When the high tide hits, however, it cannot be accessed by anything else than boats, and it quickly becomes rather obvious why it was so easy to defend it. The Mont Saint-Michel was actually never conquered during the Hundred Years’ War, and that is not due to no attempts. The English tried to take it over many times but failed every single time.
It is no secret that the US spends a lot of money on military equipment. But what happens to the equipment that served its purpose? Fighter jets, specifically? Those get their final resting spot at “The Boneyard” in Tucson, Arizona. It is a storage center that has been around since the end of the Second World War. It currently stores about 4000 different types of military airplanes and is thus the largest in the world to do so.
The Southwestern United States has very low humidity and that is why the metal on the airplanes does not corrode. It is a perfect place to store and preserve airplanes for as long as possible. The base basically operates like an expensive junkyard. It turns a profit of around $500 million each year by supplying the US military and other allied militaries with spare parts. It is, however, the decision of the Congress when it comes to selling equipment, and to whom they sell it to.
Take a look at this amazing birds-eye-view of the city of Hong Kong that was captured by a drone flying over it. The city of Hong Kong is actually quite well known across the world for its immense skyscrapers. They are, without a doubt, beautiful to look at, but they present a huge problem for the citizens of Hong Kong due to the difficulty to get an affordable place in the housing market.
If we take a look at the statistics, we can see that Hong Kong is the fourth most densely populated region in the world. There are more than seven million residents living in quite a small area. Thus the need for skyscrapers. The housing market is facing quite a few issues, the biggest being the demand for more living space. They are unable to provide an apartment for everyone, and thus have to make the apartments smaller and smaller. As if that was not bad enough, you will be paying top money for even the smallest apartments.
This photo, taken in Nunavut (the largest and most northern territory of the nation) in Canada in 2019, shows a polar bear in its natural (and disappearing) habitat. Taken by photographer Florian Ledoux, it was the runner-up for the Endangered Planet portfolio of the CNN 2019 Travel Photography awards.
The photo evokes the loss of Arctic ice with the advent of global warming - both the natural habitat and the apex predator it shows are becoming increasingly at risk in a warmer world.
This photo shows the dangers of drone technology when it comes to personal privacy. In spaces we would otherwise consider ourselves to be alone, drones can allow a stranger to observe. This photo, taken of a woman in Slovakia, shows just what types of things drones could be used for in the worst ways.
Lying on her own roof, sunbathing, she was clearly interrupted in a moment she wasn't looking to share. She grabbed a broom to knock the drone out of the sky, but its operator clearly managed to get away in time, and with this photo in tow.
This photo shows that what's one man's blissful relaxing moment is....also probably the rest of our blissful relaxing moments. This photo captures just one such time we wish we could transport ourselves to right now.
Captured in the Xiwei Reservoir in Shandong, China, it shows a young man enjoying a beautiful afternoon laying down as the vegetation outlines around his body. The fact that we can't see any traces of disturbance in the field around him makes it seem almost as if he were just dropped there in place.
This took place in the desert dunes outside of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At first, it's a bit confusing to understand what's actually going on, but it becomes clear after you take a better look at the picture.
The camels are in a line across the bottom of the photo. The low winter sun makes them appear much larger as it casts their shadows against the dunes in an exquisite display. Despite following the same path as the rest of its herd, the camel at the back has a shadow that makes it seem like it has to climb a big hill to make up ground.
Believe it or not, this photo, which won a prize in 2018's International Drone Photography Contest, wasn't taken by a professional photographer, but rather by a Swiss lawyer named Yannick Wavre. Wavre captured it in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park when he saw the group of hippos waking up from an afternoon nap and heading into the water - a rare occurrence given that hippos usually sleep or submerge almost entirely in water during the day's heat.
In Tanzania on honeymoon, Wavre was able to snap the picture thanks to drone photography, which allows for an approach outside the scope of traditional photography.
What you are looking at is a castle at the set of Game of Thrones. Just kidding, it is an actual place in Umbria, Italy that was photographed by a drone. Also, it is not a castle. It is the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. It has been on Earth for centuries – the construction itself started in 1228, according to the research.
The layout is rather simple. You have two churches on a hillside along with a crypt. The crypt is the spot where the remains of Saint Francis are being held. Who was Saint Francis? Well, he was from a town called Assisi, which later became one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites, thanks to him. The whole complex was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list back in 2000.
What you are looking at is not the head sculpture of a cow or a buffalo. It is, however, the largest-known bird nest on Earth. If you wanted to snap a photo like this one, you would need a drone, obviously. However, you would also need access to the Kalahari Desert, which the South African photographer, responsible for the shot, had. The Kalahari Desert spans over 350,000 square miles and is located on the territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
There are hundreds of social weaver birds living in this particular nest. They are actually well-known for their maintenance skills. They constantly repair and readjust their nests, so it is not rare to see a nest like this one last for 100 years. The birds use what is available in their region, so the nests are commonly built from twigs, grass and even cotton. Experts in the field call these types of nests the communal nests, and that is actually highly uncommon when it comes to birds.
Let us take a small step back in history. The year of 2016 was quite a strange year for numerous reasons, but one that particularly stands out was definitely the scary clown sightings reported throughout the world. This particular photo was captured by a drone flying over a field in Huntsville, Alabama. It perfectly captures what the whole scare was about. A scary clown encountered in the middle of nowhere. Sure, there are numerous skeptics, writing this photo off as a fake, there are a few people out there that consider it a genuine sighting. Fake or not, it is definitely something that none of us would love to encounter in a cornfield.
The majority of people were actually convinced that the whole thing was just a practical joke that was playing out on a global level. Others thought that it was just a great promotional campaign for the 2017 release of “It.” However, there is no denying that some people were left forever scarred by the clown incidents. It actually became so bad at its peak that McDonald’s announced that they will not publicly display their mascot, Ronald McDonald, as to not be tied to the incidents. And this was good thinking on their part, considering that many clowns were arrested due to criminal activity.
This particular drone photo supplied us with a rare view of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue. The famous statue is located on top of the 2,329-foot-high Corcovado Mountain. It is 124.7 feet tall and it took the workers nine whole years to build and assemble it.
The statue is, without a doubt, huge. It is, however, a common misconception that it is the largest in the world. It is not. It actually claims the third spot, just after Bolivia’s Cristo de la Concordia and Poland’s Christ the King. Christ the Redeemer is, however, placed so high up that it is no stranger to lightning strikes. Back in 2014, a lightning strike actually took off one of the fingers on the statue.
What you are looking at is a sinkhole that appeared in Guatemala City just after the city was hit by the tropical storm called Agatha. This all went down back in 2010, and it, unfortunately, took a three-story factory with it. There are numerous different factors that can contribute to the appearance of sinkholes, and pretty much all experts agree that it is not always due to natural causes. This sinkhole, in particular, was a cocktail of numerous different things that contributed to its appearance. The Tropical Storm Agatha that we have already mentioned, then the Pacaya Volcano eruption and on top of that a leakage from sewer pipes.
The diameter of the sinkhole was roughly 65 feet with the depth being around 300 feet. What is even worse is the fact that sinkholes are a frequent occurrence in Guatemala City, and are highly unpredictable. You could be walking down the street and a sinkhole would appear and you would not even know what happened. Geologists are seriously concerned about the well-being of everyone involved and are thus putting heavy pressure on the government to have the sewer systems inspected regularly.
If you were unable to make it out, there is a three-meter-long crocodile swimming in this particular photo. It was captured by a drone that was flying over a beach resort on Phuket Island, Thailand. We do not have to tell you just how dangerous a crocodile can be. They can strike a human before we are even able to react. The saltwater crocodiles and the Nile crocodiles are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and they are personally responsible for hundreds of deaths each year, especially in Southeast Asia and Africa.
This particular crocodile was probably one of the fellas that escaped a nearby crocodile farm. It does not seem too strange, but when you think about it – who’s grand idea was it to allow a crocodile farm right next to a beach resort? You do not need us to point out just how dangerous practice like that is and just how deadly it can get.
You can snap a picture just as beautiful as this one if you fly your drone over Morrison’s Quarry in Chelsea, Quebec. Morrison’s Quarry is located just outside of Ottawa and all it takes for you to reach it is a short, 25-minute drive. The scenery changes so drastically that you will feel like you have magically left the country you were at and landed in a tropical resort.
The water is so pristine and so clear that it is a perfect spot if you want to go scuba diving. You will also find the largest bungee jump in the country here, so if you love adrenaline, you will feel right at home here. The plane itself is not the only thing that you will find in these waters. There are numerous tugboats and cars there too. And no, they were not dumped there by people using it as a trashcan. They were placed there specifically for the divers to make things more interesting, and even practice saving somebody from a submerged car or an airplane.
Now, this photo is truly stunning and a great representation of how a man can work together with nature. It was snapped above the Ba River, downstream of Tuy Hoa City, Vietnam. You can see a farmer that is feeding ducks that have surrounded him. Duck farming is actually quite a common thing in Vietnam and is actually considered a tradition of the Vietnamese.
There are about 30 million ducks raised each year in Vietnam, and the ducks are usually bred for their meat, and sometimes even their eggs. They are, however, raised seasonally. They put the ducks on the rice fields when the fields are still in the early stages of growth. This is due to two main reasons. The ducks will not eat rice, but they will eat all the insects that can harm the rice fields, thus keeping them safe and sound. The second reason is that what goes in must go out at one point, and the manure is actually quite a benefit for the rice fields because it supplies them with nutrients without having to use any chemicals in the process.
This might come as a shocker to many, but there is a boat graveyard right in the middle of New York City. If you do not believe us, look it up yourself. It is called the Staten Island boat graveyard and has been there since the 1930s. Quite a strange thing to have in such a large city, right?
Well, it was not meant to be a graveyard when the original plans were made. It was supposed to be a simple salvage yard, where boats would be brought in to be disassembled and the useful parts sold on. It was not turning much profit so they decided that it was not worth it and abandoned it. Everything was left where it was, and you can now watch around 100 boats slowly decomposing over the years. It is now one of the most popular points for travelers who are aware of it, and most photographers. And thanks to the latter we have a beautiful shot of the graveyard from a drone.
What you see in the picture is the Mir mine in Siberia. It is one of the more special locations on this planet because it is the first and largest diamond mine ever built. The excavations started back when it was all under the Soviet Union jurisdiction, and has been active ever since.
This particular diamond deposit was discovered back in 1955. The Soviet geologists, led by Yuri Khabardin, were proved correct as soon as the first drills hit the ground. Yuri, as a leader of the team, was awarded the Lenin Prize. Back in the Soviet Union, the Lenin Prize was considered one of the highest awards a person could win. When the production of the mine reached its peak it produced 10,000,000 carats each year. The whole Soviet Union basically relied on the mine after the war, because the profits were actually holding them above water.