Recently, a video has gone viral on social networks where, initially, a user warned of the change in color in the Nile River; He assured that the waters had turned red.
There have been various reactions and responses to the already overcrowded recording. In fact, one of the theories that has emerged in this regard by netizens is the fulfillment of one of the prophecies of the Bible.
“Thus says the LORD: By this you will know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike the water that is in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and it will become blood. And the fish that are in the river will die, and the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be disgusted to drink the water of the river,” says Exodus, chapter 7, verses 17 and 18.
The truth is that everything has an explanation. Some media have argued that the change in the color of the river water would be due to the proliferation of red algae; aspect backed by experts.
However, other media have stated that this news would be fake news since the images are from the Red Lagoon of Chile, located in the Arica and Parinacota Region.
The Associated Press found that the scenes of the viralized video coincide with photographs and recordings taken in said Chilean location.
The same site details that Walter Sielfeld, a marine biology specialist who has carried out research in the Red Lagoon, agreed that the video shows such a place. The expert added that the color is due to mineral dyes.
Canal 13 and Cooperativa joined in to expose the fake news, also stating that it would be the Chilean location.
Chile Travel explains why the lagoon in the north of our country has the particular color. “Although there is no conclusive explanation, scientific studies suggest that the red color of the lagoon is due to the presence of sediments and the microalgae Chlamynodephris,” they detail.
However, the same portal also tells a legend linked to the color of the water: “According to a local story, a long time ago an Aymara community settled without knowing that (the lagoon) belonged to the devil, who had turned it red as a warning. According to the story, the community died after drinking the water, contributing to the color of the lagoon being even redder.”