Lock up your doors and hide yourself away because it looks as though the apocalypse is upon us. That could have been the thought for locals in China as yet another river looks like the set of a horror movie.
People living in the city of Jiujang, China couldn't believe their eyes when they were walking past a river near the city's college. One student told People's China Daily: "The red coloured water is coming out from a pipe under the bridge near our school."
It's believed that a slaughterhouse suffered a leak, causing an unknown amount of animal's blood to seep into a river. According to the Daily Star, staff at the factory were unaware of the problem.
But it was a scene that assaulted not just one human sense, with a local resident telling the newspaper: "The water looked normal at 10am, but suddenly turned red one hour later, and the water smelt of blood."
Other witnesses say the river went from blue, to black, to yellow and then bright red
River running red
The local environment bureau is investigating the leakage to see whether the ecosystem has been damaged as a result, as well as to find out if the whole debacle could have been avoidable. But according an official who spoke to Pear, the pig's blood had already been diluted and treated under regulations.
But it's not the first time a Chinese river turned a crimson hue.
In 2014, officials from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau were perplexed at what caused a river in Zhejiang province to turn a dark red.
Bureau chief Jianfeng Xiao told China News: "We suspect that somebody dumped artificial colouring in the water because they thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice [the colour]."
"It turned out there wasn't heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind."
Further back in 2012, the Yangtze River also changed colour, but this time officials claimed it was a result of sand distribution.
Let's just hope all of these events are definitely what they claim to be an the apocalypse isn't soon to be upon us.
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