China River Turns Red: Locals Baffled After River Turns Blood Red, Pollution Blamed

China River

A China river turned blood red by the morning hours, baffling residents in the area. According to ABC News, the river in Xinmeizhou village in eastern China’s Zhejiang province turned completely red over about an hour’s time. Residents say that the river was normal around 5 a.m., but an hour later, the water had changed color. As far as an explanation goes, Jianfeng Xiao, Chief of the bureau, believes that someone dumped something in the water that made the color change.

“We suspect that somebody dumped artificial coloring in the water because he thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice [the color]. It turned out there wasn’t heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind.”

The China river that turned red didn’t look like a dumping of food coloring or something else because the water actually looked like blood. The red was so thick, it looked like something out of the Bible — or a prophecy coming to life. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, however, a similar thing happened in China a few years ago. The well-known Yangtze River turned blood red in color. While ancient tales came to the minds of many, pollution was blamed for that strange occurrence as well.

Apparently the pollution problem in China is pretty bad, and seeing a river turned red from garbage dumping isn’t something to write home about. Even still, people were posing for photos with the red river, and some have been comparing it to the Book of Revelation 16:4.

“Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.”

According to, an investigation is still pending. Even still, Xiao thinks that the discoloration of the river was caused by one of the businesses there. A paper manufacturer, a food coloring company, and a clothing-maker all own places along the river and could have dumped something in that made the blue/green water change color.

Do you think that the river in China turned red because of pollution? The pictures are hard to believe so you can imagine how residents in the area must be reacting. If something as simple as food coloring can turn an entire river blood red, one has to wonder why the river doesn’t turn other colors like purple or even black.

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