- China’s Great Wall Of Suds: Chemical Spill Results In 50 Foot Foam Tsunami (ZeroHedge, Sep 30, 2012):
This is just the second time in three days that China’s province of Guangdong is being discussed on Zero Hedge. On Thursday we wrote that the mega city of Dongguang, once Guangdong richest, is now on the verge of bankruptcy as China’s hard landing begins to take its toll. Today, we learn that instead of the rivers running red once all hell breaks loose in China, the color will be soapy white. Specifically, following a chemical spill in Xintang, in the provine of Guandong, the result was a 50 foot tsunami of foam which was swept down a river by heavy rainfall, causing widespread panic and evacuations. It also caused the following brilliant explanation from a Chinese spokesman: “People are right to be cautious but it is harmless. It made very large bubbles when it went over a waterfall, but apart from one or two dead fish, it is harmless.” We can’t wait to hear Chinese justifications of mushroom clouds: “aside from one or two billion dead people, they give you a healthy green afterglow“?
This wall of foam sparked widespread panic among locals as it rushed along a river in southern China.
The mass of soapy suds blanketed the water in Xintang, in China’s Guangdong province, leading to evacuations along the banks of the river.
But officials have now said the only threat posed by the foam – thought to have been caused by chemicals washed into the river – was the possibility of ‘one or two dead fish’ lurking in the bubbles.
The bizarre scene is thought to have been caused after heavy rainfall washed a non-toxic chemical deodorant from a household rubbish tip into the river.
The bubbles were created when the chemical was swept over a waterfall, officials said
A spokesman said: ‘People are right to be cautious but it is harmless. It made very large bubbles when it went over a waterfall, but apart from one or two dead fish, it is harmless.’
This is how China’s great wall of soap suds looks like:
River of bubbles: The mass of foam sparked panic along the banks of the river in Xintang
Panic’: A local man is dwarfed by the mass of suds floating down a river in southern China
Wall of foam: The suds are thought to have been caused by a chemical spillage in Xintang in China’s Guangdong provinced by the mass of suds floating down a river in southern China