Saturday, 16 June 2018

Chinese city hit by rain of sea creatures.

The city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, China, was hit by a rain of sea creatures during a storm on Wednesday 13 June 2018. A variety of animals were observed to fall on the city, including Octopus, Starfish and Crustaceans. The creatures fell amid a storm which brought high winds and flooding to the city, knocking over a number of trees but which is not reported to have caused any serious damage or casualties.

An Octopus on the windscreen of a car following a rain of sea creatures during a storm in Qingdao, China, on 13 June 2018. Shanghailist/Weibo.

Rains of aquatic animals occur when tornadoes over bodies of water suck up volumes of water including the Fish. That this could lead to rains of Fish very far from the site seems counter intuitive, but tornadoes are capable of lifting heavy objects such as cars and even houses and throwing them considerable distances, and small animals such as Fish can be thrown kilometres into the air by such events, falling to Earth a long way from the site where they were picked up.

Flooding in Qingdao on 13 June 2018. News 163.

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