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‘Red Sea’ Tsunami Obliterates Home, Man Flees in Terror: VIDEO

by Jon D. B.
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Double Terror: A tsunami is horrible enough, but one made up of the ‘red sea’ phenomenon? That’s the stuff of biblical nightmares.

One Brazilian man has been captured on camera suffering exactly this. The ocean surrounding the home of Rômulo do Carmo had become red in the days prior to the catastrophe. According to Jam Press, torrential rain would cause the ‘red sea’ phenomenon to perpetuate in his Morumbi, Anápolis area. As the rains continued, the sea would rise, until a horrific tsunami wave ripped through his home.

Footage of the disaster, which has now gone viral, was captured last Thursday. The 37-year-old homeowner says he would notice cracks in the sea barrier a day prior. It would burst the next day.

The video begins slow as the salesman paces on his front porch. There, he talks on his phone as he would any other day. Then, like a scene from the Old Testament, a massive wave of ‘red sea’ bursts through his home – destroying everything in its wake.

The was was so strong that it immediately displaced a “large concrete slab,” which Romulo says “almost broke my wife’s legs.”

Thankfully, Romulo was able to avoid drowning amidst the debris himself by latching onto a nearby structure. All in all, he says the “red sea disaster” cost him approximately 24,000 Brazillian Real in damages, New York Post reports. That’s the equivalent of $4,281.36 in lost furniture, goods, rugs, clothing, and more.

‘Red Sea’: What Causes the Phenomenon?

Typically, this sort of coloration in sea water is known as a “red tide.”

Red tides are not uncommon, and are increasing in recent years as Earth’s climate becomes warmer. In fact, they’re a phenomenon as old as the seas themselves (so far as we know). But warming conditions alongside environmental and chemical waste have all made the deadly, toxic algae blooms far more common than they used to be.

In recorded human history, severe red tides typically occur around autumn, then phase out by the following January. Summer blooms were once a rarity, but have now become a fact of life in many coastal cities.

So what, exactly, causes a ‘red sea’ or red tide? It all comes down to the responsible algae species – Karenia brevis. This algae wreaks havoc on the southern coasts when ocean water is warm, gathering in mass quantities. The phenomenon proves toxic to other marine life, bringing unfathomable losses.

For Florida’s 2021 summer red tide alone, state officials would dredge a remarkably tragic 600 tons of dead sea life. As The Inertia stated at the time, most would come from the St. Petersburg area.

“We scrape the beaches,” said Amber Boulding, St. Petersburg’s emergency manager. “We get it cleaned up, but as soon as those tides change, we have fish right back in. We don’t know the end of it.”