Citizens of China's port city of Zhoushan were in for a rude shock after the sky turned blood red on Monday evening.The crimson sky triggered panic among citizens who recorded the phenomenon and shared it on social media. It also prompted concerns of a massive fire, according to some reports.
Red sky in Zhoushan, China, on the evening of May 7th, 2022!!#RedSky #China pic.twitter.com/gcjPrdr2PN— My thoughts too (@my_thoughts_too) May 9, 2022
The nature of the phenomenon also prompted Twitter users to come up with their own theories. Some even called it an ‘apocalyptic’ sign while others called it an illusion caused by Marvel's Scarlet Witch.
The Red Sky seen in China is confirmed to be due The Scarlet Witch’s illusion.
Source: TMZ pic.twitter.com/70NXBfL8rS— Mehmet Witch ᱬ (@WeBeenCroft) May 8, 2022
Red Sky in parts of Zhoushan Zhejiang China Event Occurred on Saturday 7th May 2022 pic.twitter.com/b8Vcc417yu
— Biafra Mission TV (@biafra_mission) May 9, 2022
The theories were, however, put to rest as authorities explained that refraction and scattering of light from those in the port caused the sky to appear red.
CHINA :#VIDEO STRANGE RED SKY OVER ZHOUSHAN, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE!
The meteorological bureau of #Zhoushan said on Sunday that the red sky that appeared was caused by the refraction and scattering of light most likely from ship lights in the port#Flash #RedSky pic.twitter.com/8YOZvPcHla— loveworld (@LoveWorld_Peopl) May 8, 2022
Blood red sky in Zhoushan舟山, China, on the evening of May 7th, a result of Rayleigh Scattering? pic.twitter.com/iGlrtN5VTq
— Tong Bingxue 仝冰雪 (@tongbingxue) May 8, 2022
According to reports from the local Chinese media, the staff of the meteorological bureau said, "When weather conditions are good, more water in the atmosphere forms aerosols which refract and scatter the light of fishing boats and create the red sky seen by the public."The state-owned media CCTV also got in touch with a local fishing company who confirmed that the light belonged to one of their boats and refraction caused the thick cover of fog to turn red, Wion reported.