On January 24, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Turkey. It killed 41 people and injured at least 1,600.
The earthquake also provoked a peculiar episode; Images of the red water flowing from the ground into the river appeared on the Internet shortly after the earth stopped shaking.
The image of a blood-red river evokes the memory of the biblical story of the 10 plagues of Egypt. According to Jewish tradition, the ten plagues “will appear” before the Messiah, as told by the prophet Micah.
“As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.” Micah 7:15
A lot of controversy
When images of red water similar to blood appeared in Turkey, many comments emerged affirming that the vivid color could be the result of a dye that was introduced into the water supply to help detect leaks.
However, this theory is questioned since the dye used for this purpose is usually bright green or yellow.
Others said that the water turned red from clay below the surface that mixes with the water source. Another theory was a leak from a local slaughterhouse caused by tremors.
Others say that the book of Revelation 16:4 shows the stages for the end of the world saying that “The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.“
So far there is no answer that explains the cause of the “blood” that comes from the ground. Not even any government entity can explain that event.
After the earthquake, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu declared that the government is preparing “seriously” to face a stronger earthquake in Istanbul, the country’s largest city.
“We expect an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in Istanbul … We are seriously working on the possible scenario of the earthquake,” Turk told CNN.
Turkey is among the countries with the highest seismic activity in the world, as it is located in several active faults. That’s why dozens of earthquakes and minor aftershocks occur daily.
More than 17,000 people died and more than 43,000 were injured when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the Marmara region on August 17, 1999.