September 8, 2012
A stretch of China’s Yangtze River has mysteriously turned red around the city of Chongquin. Officials are investigating the river’s transformation, as nobody is quite sure what caused it. The river began turning the color of a nice marinara sauce on Thursday.
The Yangtze River is the longest in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The affected area of the river — reportedly turned “the color of tomato juice” is generally in the vicinity of the industrial city of Chongquin, although red sections of the river have been reported elsewhere, as well.
While some citizens are concerned about the river turning red, others are interested by the transformation. The Daily Mail has several photographs of Chongquin inhabitants fishing in the water and filling bottles with the red river water to show off later.