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Local media reported on Sunday that the red sky visible over the city of Zhoushan in China's eastern Zhejiang

province was caused by refraction and scattering of light, most likely from the light of a ship in port.

Reports suggest that the skies are most probably red near the port areas.

People record faded horizon, fueling apocalyptic fears

The Global Times reported that people recorded the sky turning red from their homes, balconies and streets.

According to the Global Times report, clips and photos of the incident have been viewed more than 150 million times on social media such as China's Twitter, Weibo and Sina.

On Douyin, China's version of TikTok, some users called the incident a "bad omen" because of how the Chinese government is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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