Canary Wharf looked like a strange dystopia thanks to the Hurricane Ophelia red sun effect

People mill between clocks at Canary Wharf as the sun turned a deeper shade of red on October 16, 2017.

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People mill between clocks at Canary Wharf as the sun turned a deeper shade of red on October 16, 2017.
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Reuters

Skies all across England turned a weird shade of red on Monday thanks to an unexpected secondary effect of Hurricane Ophelia.

The light was strange all over the country – but Canary Wharf, the powerhouse finance and business district just east of central London – was one of the strangest sights of all.

Photos by Reuters photographer Tom Jacobs showed the eerie red scenes just outside his company’s offices.

The Reuters building in Canary Wharf (the curved building to the left) took on an ominous hue.

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The Reuters building in Canary Wharf (the curved building to the left) took on an ominous hue.
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Retuers

Skyscrapers loomed ominously against the dusky, clouded backdrop, while people walking at street level started to look like extras in a disaster movie.

The effect was caused by dust kicked up into the sky by Hurricane Ophelia, which dragged particles of dust from the Sahara desert much further north than usual.

The tiny specs, taken high into the atmosphere, deflected blue light from the rays of the sun, leaving everything below with an unusual reddish hue.

A passer-by takes a photograph of two haunting skyscrapers in the red glow.

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A passer-by takes a photograph of two haunting skyscrapers in the red glow.
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Reuters