Last week, a river in Wenzhou that was once considered to be clean enough to drink from mysteriously turned bright red.
Via Tech Times:
The river is located at Wenzhou, a popular town in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. The place is bordered on the three sides with mountains while the front faces the Pacific Ocean. Residents are proud of their place particularly with the river which they describe as one of the healthiest and cleanest rivers in their province. This was attributed to the fact that there are no factories found along the river’s banks.
Residents claim that prior to the incident, the river thrives in marine life as they can easily catch fish in it. It is so clean that one can even safely drink the water which normally tastes good.
According to the residents, it was the first time that they’ve seen the river change its color. They noted that they began to notice the change at around six in the morning. Two hours before that, they attested that the river appeared to be flowing normally. Suddenly, it starts to redden and in a matter of minutes, the whole river looked crimson red.
No one can really explain what could have happened to the water. The strange phenomenon soon caught the officials’ attention and prompted them to collect some water samples as a way to solve the mystery.
The most popular explanation is that some type of dye was dumped illicitly into the river.