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Red rain falls over India

Posted on Thursday, 5 July, 2012 | Comment icon 20 comments


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Residents were left perplexed when red coloured rain started falling from the sky in rural Kannur.

The rainstorm lasted only 15 minutes but it was enough to turn streets and courtyards blood red. Kannur block panchayat president Shaija M managed to collect samples of the rainwater for analysis. "I thought someone killed some animal and its blood got mixed with water on the courtyard," she said. The water was reported to smell like raw beetroot.

M Santhosh from the local meteorological department was able to shed some light on the mystery. "I assume this is due to atmospheric pollution," he said. "The pollutants in the air get dissolved in rainwater resulting in red rain."

"Though not for first time in the state, red rain in parts of Kannur on Thursday did create some panic and curiosity among the residents in the district."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by schizoidwoman on 5 July, 2012, 14:32
Says they have had Yellow, green, and black as well. I thought you might go into Snooker Loopy for a moment there... it's been a long day!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Coffey on 5 July, 2012, 14:50
I thought you might go into Snooker Loopy for a moment there... it's been a long day! Hahaha, what a song though. lol
Comment icon #13 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 5 July, 2012, 23:50
Meh red rain, raining Frogs, Fish, fruit, etc, nothing out of the ordinary no need for panic the gods have not brought about their warth upon the earth. YET!
Comment icon #14 Posted by csspwns on 6 July, 2012, 3:08
we never had red rain or any kind of peculiar rain in san francisco. so boring here. to show u how unexciting sf is ill tell u tat we get excited when it HAILS. boring right?
Comment icon #15 Posted by samspade on 6 July, 2012, 7:03
This red rain may be caused by the sands from sahara desert in africa being blown their way, then raining rain. The red rain is known to go to italy, spain and england as well. I recall my cousin long ago on vacation, fliped after 1 such rain fall. Also, I recall news before mentioning other problems, I believe it was cuba, but not sure, it was some island not to far from america. anyhow they believed some of their health problems regarding lungs may of been caused by people breatheing in this sand-dust,
Comment icon #16 Posted by ZaraKitty on 6 July, 2012, 11:50
More proof that god is a woman. Aw yes. I went there. ew.
Comment icon #17 Posted by BrianPotter on 6 July, 2012, 16:04
We are getting every kind of rain imaginable over Britain at the moment...im expecting frogs and fishes soon...bloody marvelous..
Comment icon #18 Posted by Coffey on 6 July, 2012, 17:52
We are getting every kind of rain imaginable over Britain at the moment...im expecting frogs and fishes soon...bloody marvelous.. Haha, we have had frogs before, not seen it myself though. More proof that god is a woman. Aw yes. I went there. ew. Hahaha, feels like it's been that time of the month for a while....
Comment icon #19 Posted by the L on 6 July, 2012, 22:22
It certain did happen before, and they analysed the stuff. It were algea spores. http://en.wikipedia...._rain_in_Kerala This is interesting: "The red cells found in the red rain in Kerala, India are now considered as a possible case of extraterrestrial life form. These cells can undergo rapid replication even at an extreme high temperature of 300 C. They can also be cultured in diverse unconventional chemical substrates. The molecular composition of these cells is yet to be identified" .From your link-
Comment icon #20 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 6 July, 2012, 23:21
Oh no its the first of the seven signs armageddon is upon us.


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