Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Blood Red

A stretch of China's longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don't know why. Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first...
"When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide," Stanley told Life's Little Mysteries.
"When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide," Stanley told Life's Little Mysteries.

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;” Revelation 8:8

A stretch of China’s longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don’t know why. Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first noticed that the Yangtze River, called the “golden waterway,” had a spreading stain on its reputation yesterday (Sept. 6).

“When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide,” Stanley told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Though the bright-red water was concentrated around Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial center, it was also reported at several other points along the river, according to ABC News.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause, but the Telegraph reports that environmental officials are considering industrial pollution and silt churned up by recent upstream floods as possible sources for the color.

One natural explanation for red water that can likely be ruled out is color-producing microorganisms, according to Emily Stanley, a professor of limnology (the study of inland waters) at the University of Wisconsin.

“When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide,” Stanley told Life’s Little Mysteries. “But the algae that causes red tide is a marine group and not a freshwater group, so it’s highly, highly unlikely that this is a red-tide-related phenomenon.”

Fresh water does occasionally turn blood-red for biological reasons (a lake that turned red during a drought in Texas last summer led to talk of the end times), but Stanley said this is most often due to incursions of color-producing bacteria that arrive when a body of water has less oxygen than normal. Because rivers move constantly, struggling and mixing with the air above them as they go, they rarely ever get the oxygen deficiencies necessary for a life-based red dye job.

After reviewing a few images of Chongqing’s shockingly red river, Stanley put her money on a man-made cause.

“It looks like a pollutant phenomenon,” she said. “Water bodies that have turned red very fast in the past have happened because people have dumped dyes into them.”

An industrial dye dump was in fact the explanation when an urban stretch of another Chinese river, the Jian, turned crimson last December. Investigators traced the color back to a chemical plant that they said had been illegally producing red dye for firework wrappers.

Still, Stanley says she can’t rule out the other possibility officials are now reportedly investigating: an upstream influx of silt. Her instinct, though, is that red clay would be more likely.

“China is well known for having areas with a lot of steep hill sides and a lot of land use practices that promote soil erosion and soil going into rivers,” she said. “You can get red-colored clays that wouldn’t be a whole lot different from having a big dose of dye go in there. But if that’s the cause I’d imagine there would have had to be a huge storm or a huge amount of clay go into the system.”

Taking another look at the Campbell’s-hued Yangtze, she said, “It looks really industrial somehow.” source – Live Science

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September 8, 2012 12:38 pm

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September 8, 2012 7:02 pm

This is just a preview to what’s going to happen to our oceans during the tribulation.

September 9, 2012 12:14 am

Then, a Mighty Angel picked up a boulder shaped like a huge Mill Stone, and threw it into the

Atlantic Ocean,

and cried mightily with a loud voice saying!!

Just as I have thrown away this stone, the great city of Babylon will be thrown down with violence , and shall never be found again!!!

The Book Of Revelation, Chapter 18 verse 21

September 9, 2012 12:33 am

Some of the things going on now make me feel like we ARE in the Tribulation. But, as a believer in the Pre- Trib Rapture I have to say no. Just seems like it can’t be too far away now.

September 9, 2012 12:36 am


September 9, 2012 4:10 am

The Scriptures don’t say anything about “blood red” – they say the water will turn to BLOOD – killing everything that lives in them. This will take place AFTER the Rapture.

September 9, 2012 9:41 pm

Are the same people dumping the same dye in rivers in Beirut, in Texas, in Norwalk and so many other places that have the same phenomenon happen over night?

People, this is nature trying to communicate to us. Nature is agitated. We have earthquakes, pollution, extreme weather patterns — there is simply signs of serious bad coming for all of us.

September 10, 2012 5:01 am

the bible says the SEA turned red…it wasn’t the river…

September 10, 2012 7:28 pm

Where does the river lead?

And about rivers of blood, the nile might be a clue:
Exodus 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

Exodus 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

Exodus 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout… Read more »

September 10, 2012 7:09 pm

No where in the bible does it say there will be a pre-tribulation rapture. It only talks about two comings of Christ the first has come the 2nd will not be until the very end. Even the disciples believed they where in the end of times which I believe also. Because if the earth is 6,000 years old like biblical scholars believe and after the coming of Christ it has been now 2,000 years so one could say we are probably in the last 1/3 of the earths life. Also remember the seals go in order so you must look at the past to see where we stand now. I believe we are some where in the 5th seal. Also if the rapture does take place it will be after the 6th seal as the bible says. Keep your eyes open though because we are coming close to entering the battle of Gog of Magog the alliance has formed after 2,000 years of people looking for it the alliance of Gog has finely formed the question is who is Gog?