A city in eastern China has a river that turned blood red. The river is located in Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province. The strange smell and early water analysis suggest that illegal dumping may be the cause. This is not the first time one of China’s rivers have turned an ominous shade of red. A section of the Yangtze River, known traditionally as the “golden watercourse,” turned crimson in September 2012. Explanations for the 2012 event have ranged from industrial contamination to an algal bloom. In 2011, the Jian River in northern China turned bright red due to dyes illegally dumped by a company producing Chinese New Year fireworks wrappers.
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