Apocalyptic panic filled the Chinese city of Zhoushan over the weekend, when the entire sky turned blood red. Anxious voices could be heard crying out, as some residents pulled out their phones and recorded the eery crimson horizon.
Zhoushan is a port city neighboring Shanghai. So many Chinese were afraid, that a video of it posted on Weibo, China’s social media app, quickly gained more than 150 million views in only a few hours.
Red Sky in parts of Zhoushan Zhejiang China Event Occurred on Saturday 7th May 2022 pic.twitter.com/b8Vcc417yu
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Some Chinese shared posts on social media that the red sky was a ‘bad omen because of China’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.’
Many posts of the freaky phenomenon found their way to Twitter, even though it is currently banned in China.
Chinese government-controlled media reported that it was easily explainable saying the red sky “was caused by the refraction and scattering of light, most likely from ship lights in the port.”
Not many people seem eager to put their trust in government media at the moment.