China’s Famed Yangtze River Turns Red, Baffles Officials
The Yangtze River, China’s largest river, is known as the Golden Watercourse, but residents along its shores noticed this week that the water wasn’t its usual hue, rather the water had turned red, and no one seems to know why.
ABC News reported that the river turned red on Thursday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze meets the Jialin River. Some residents were stumped by the turn of events, stopping to collect the water in bottles as a keepsake. A photo showing a man with water from the river in a clear plastic bottle made the water look almost as brightly colored as tomato juice. Others, like fisherman and thos working on boats went about their usual daily business.
Scotsman.com reported that the river was reported as having turned red by people at various spots along its course, and added that local officials are investigating, but do not know why the Yangtze river turned red.
The UK Daily Mail reported that this isn’t the first time a Chinese river turned red. The Jian River experienced a similar event last December when it was polluted by a powerful dye that was being illegally dumped. Officials raided and shutdown the factory responsible.
While there a number of less than supernatural causes for why the Yangtze River is now red, the Daily Mail did note a creepy correlation from Christian scripture.
According the Book of Revelation in the Bible, one of the signs that Armageddon is at hand will be an angel pouring a bowl into the rivers, causing them to turn to blood. The verse, Revelation 16:4, reads: “Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.”
What’s your take on the Yangtze River turning red? Man’s pollution or divine retribution?