China hit with deadly earthquakes, Yangtze river mysteriously turns red
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China hit with deadly earthquakes, Yangtze river mysteriously turns red

Chongqing : China | Sep 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM PDT
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China hit with deadly earthquakes, Yangtze runs red

Were deadly earthquakes in a remote area of China yesterday which killed more than 80 people connected to the Yangtze river turning red on the same day?

You Tube video user sheilaaliens surmises the possible explanation for the mysterious red colour of the famous 'golden' river:

"The second half of the video onward is all footage of the river. "Yesterday's shallow 5.6 magnitude quakes struck an impoverished, mountainous part of the country with poor infrastructure and telecommunications and the death toll could rise as news trickles out of cut-off areas, it said.


Most of the victims were from Yiliang county in Yunnan province, near the epicentre.

Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed boulder-covered roadways, abandoned cars and black smoke billowing from buildings."

Read more:http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0908/80-killed-in-china-earthquake.html

Although there have been previous incidents of rivers turning red, those have been more easily explained. The Daily Mail reports:

"Last December, the Jian River in the city of Luoyang, in the north Henan province, turned red after becoming polluted by a powerful dye.

The dye was being dumped into the city's storm drain network by two illegal dye workshops.

Officials raided the factories to shut them down, and then disassembled their machinery.

According to chapter 16, verse 4 of the Bible's book of Revelations, one of the signs that Armageddon is near will be an angel pouring a bowl into the rivers, turning them into blood."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199800/The-river-DID-run-red-Residents-Chinese-city-left-baffled-Yangtze-turns-scarlet.html#ixzz25u00nD4M

The Yangtze river turns a golden colour due to the annual heavy rainfall, but has never turned red before. While officials attempt to find an explanation, people look to the earthquake that occurred on the same day as a logical possible reason for the blood coloured waters.

A comment on the YouTube video suggests:

"As a Geologist, I could say that maybe the earthquake affected areas,by the river, where there could be outcrops of iron-rich claystones, shales or highly oxidized metamorphic rocks, which could have produced a "sediment in suspension" that is just floating in the river, a sediment rich in Iron Oxydes, and that could be the cause of the color. This is just a simple theory, because I have worked with clays rich in Aluminiun and Iron that produce the same colors in rivers of Southamrica"

PHOSTER777 33 minutes ago

While amazed residents fill souvenir water bottles with the river's strange red water, apocalypse preditions abound. Massive bird and fish death, storms, tornadoes, drought, and now this - rivers turning red as blood - leaves one wondering what next?

...Oh and what's that strange sound people keep hearing all over the world you ask? Nobody knows...perhaps it's the trumpets of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse blowing....?

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