Residents of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing in China have been puzzled by this strange spectacle this week. These images of the Yangtze River, the longest in China, were dropped on Wednesday. This stretch of the river around Chongqing was painted in red blood. Local residents suspect that pollution is the cause, but the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau has a different explanation-sand. Official reports say that the flooding upstream washed with an excess of sand, turning the river into a bright red color. The bureau also said that they found no evidence of illegal dumping of waste water.
Under chapter 16, verse 4 of the books of the Bible in Revelation, one of the signs that Armageddon is near angel pouring out his bowl into the rivers, turning them into the blood.
Yangtze River (left) and Jialin River in Chongqing, China, yesterday
Shock: The Yangtze River, which runs through the town in south-western China, was painted a bright shade of orange-red yesterday
The ship sails on the transition of the Yangtze River and Jialin River on the very spot where the river starts to bleed into Jialin.
In the thick of things: fishing.
Red River in Chongqing apocalyptic appearance yesterday.
Some residents were so impressed that they have collected samples in water bottles.
Close-up: How else is painted but the river was almost orange.
Irregular phenomena: couple enjoying a rare opportunity to get up close to the Red River.
Yangtze washes tile floor.
Category: Natural anomalies