Blood red sky in China: meaning and apocalypse fears explained

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The sky in the Chinese city of Zhoushan turned blood red, sparking fears on social media

The sky in the Chinese city of Zhoushan has turned blood red in what some residents have dubbed an “apocalypse.”

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In the past few days, people have taken to social media to share the eerie phenomenon, with videos of the night sky garnering over 150 million views.

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Experts have claimed that there is a valid reason, but speculation still abounds as to the cause of the incident.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the cause of the blood red sky in China.

Where is Zhoushan?

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With a population of 1.1 million people, it is home to China’s largest fishery and is connected to the mainland by five bridges.

When did the sky in China turn red?

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Zhoushan citizens began reporting on May 8 that the sky was turning red.

They shared photos and images of the incident on Chinese social media platform Weibo, with one resident joking that “it seems the apocalypse has begun.”

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What caused the blood red skies in China?

Experts have claimed that there is a simple explanation for the phenomenon, but that hasn’t stopped other theories from developing.

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According to Global Times, a Chinese media outlet, the red sky was caused by wet and foggy weather conditions reflecting red lights from fishing vessels.

Fishing boats in Zhoushan often use hundreds of red LED lights at night to be more visible.

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The Global Times spoke to meteorologists who confirmed the lights could be “refracted and scattered” under certain conditions due to aerosols in the atmosphere.

Speaking to the Global Times, the Zhoushan Meteorological Bureau explained, “When weather conditions are good, more water in the atmosphere forms aerosols, which refract and scatter light from fishing boats and create the red skies that the public sees.”

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Another theory suggested the possibility that it was caused by a solar flare, but according to the Global Times, solar and geomatic activity was quiet when the event occurred.

It has also been suggested that wildfires may have been behind it, with similar scenes observed in wildfires in Indonesia in 2019, however no fires were reported.

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Has there ever been a red sky like this in China?

Similar phenomena have occurred in China.

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Corresponding live science A geomagnetic storm caused blood-red skies over China, Korea, and Japan in 1770.

Historians who have studied the event discovered that the red sky lasted for a week.

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What are people saying on social media?

People flocked to social media to share videos and images of the event.

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Videos posted to TikTok-like social media platform Douyin show a blood-red, mist-shrouded sky lowering over the city.

People have compared the event to the apocalypse, with one Twitter user tweeting: “The sky over the Chinese city of Zhoushan, near Shanghai, turned blood red tonight. I’m sure this is perfectly normal and not a harbinger of the apocalypse. Right?”

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Red skies are mentioned in the Book of Revelation of the Bible predicting the apocalypse.

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