There have been many bizarre instances recorded when things have fallen from the skies that simply do not belong there.
Among them is the rare phenomenon of red rain which has been reported in some parts of the world.
On July 5, at around 6:50 a brief red rain shower create some panic and curiosity among the residents in Kannur, a city in the Indian state of Kerala.
The rain lasted only 15 minutes.
People in the 1km area in and around Edachery in Puzhati panchayat panicked as their courtyards turned blood red after rain.
According to Times of India: "Kannur block panchayat president Shaija M, who collected the sample of the rainwater, said the water was as dark as black
coffee and had the smell of raw beetroot.
"I thought someone killed some animal and its blood got mixed with water on the courtyard," she said. Akshay Sajeevan, another resident in the locality, said in
his compound the colour of rainwater was a bit lighter.
According to meteorological department, though red rain is a rare phenomenon, but it is no way harmful.
"I assume this is due to atmospheric pollution.
The pollutants in the air get dissolved in rainwater resulting in red rain," said M Santhosh, director of meteorological department, Thiruvananthapuram."
This is not the first time red rain has been seen in the state of Kerala.
Godfrey Louis and A. Santhosh Kumar wrote in their research paper that "a red rain phenomenon occurred in Kerala, India starting from 25th July 2001, in which
the rainwater appeared coloured in various localized places that are spread over a few hundred kilometers in Kerala.
Maximum cases were reported during the first 10 days and isolated cases were found to occur for about 2 months.
Red rain is a rare phenomenon.
In majority of the cases the colour of the rain was red. There were a few cases of yellow coloured rain and rare unconfirmed cases of other colours like black, green, gray etc. Coloured hailstones were also reported."
The scientists discussed the possibility that the red rain phenomenon could be of extraterrestrial origin as it appeared shortly after a meteor sighting.
"The nature of the red particles rules out the possibility that these are dust particles
from a distant desert source. These red particles do not have any similarity with the
usual desert dust. This is clearly shown by microscopic study of the particles.
of this type are not found in Kerala or nearby place. The origin of these particles is unknown.
It is convenient to assume that these particles are something, which got
airlifted from a distant source on Earth by some wind system.
Several questions remain unanswered even under such an assumption.
An examination of the several characteristics of this red rain phenomenon shows
that it is possible to explain this by assuming the meteoric origin of the red particles.
Is a meteor responsible for the red rain shower on July 5th?
The red rain phenomenon first started in Kerala after a meteor airburst event, which occurred on 25th July 2001 near Changanacherry in Kottayam district.
airburst is evidenced by the sonic boom experienced by several people during early
morning of that day.
The first case of red rain occurred in this area few hours after
the airburst event. This points to a possible link between the meteor and red rain," Kumar and Louis wrote in their paper.
What caused the red rain fall in the city of Kunnar this Thursday? Was a meteor responsible for the red rain shower or is there another explanation?
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