phenomenon caused a wave of panic among residents of the port city of Zhoushan, located in east China’s Zhejiang province, last weekend. According to videos that went viral on social media , the sky was completely red for a few hours.
In desperation, residents took to the streets without understanding what was happening. Soon, the subject caught the attention of people from other countries of the world. “The sky over the Chinese city of Zhoushan, near Shanghai , turned blood red tonight,” Tim McMillan, a retired German police lieutenant, wrote on his Twitter account. “I’m sure this is totally normal and not a harbinger of the apocalypse. Right?”.
According to the UOL portal, some videos published on Saturday (7) accounted for more than 150 million views.
While some Japanese scientists claimed the situation was caused by massive solar activity , a member of the Chinese meteorological service interviewed by The Global Times, a publication linked to the Communist Party of China, said that the redness in the sky was caused by the refraction of lights. of vessels anchored in the port of the municipality.
“More water in the atmosphere forms aerosols that refract and scatter light from fishing boats and create the red sky seen by the public,” he said. No fires were recorded in the region or any geomagnetic changes that could change the color of the sky.
Here are some records shared by Twitter users: