Chinese Yellow Dust Smog Blows into South Korea

Yellow dust storm originating from the inland Gobi desert in northern China has started to cover most of South Korea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecasted that the dust storm could begin to weaken Wednesday but may persist depending on the flow of atmospheric pressure on the Korean Peninsula.

The KMA said the dust cloud first blanketed the western regions, including Yellow Sea islands close to China, and continued to spread.

The Korean Ministry of Environment has already issued a preliminary yellow dust advisory for almost all regions, except the southeastern provinces of Gyeongsang and Gangwon Province

The average hourly concentration of fine dust particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) was recorded to have risen to 139 micrograms per cubic meter in Seoul, 168 micrograms on Jeju Island, 123 micrograms in Incheon and 153 micrograms in Gyeonggi Province as of 3 p.m. local time. 

Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon all had lower readings at 88, 26, 59, and 76.

The worst-hit was South Jeolla where the PM10 was measured at 224 micrograms which prompted authorities to issue a fine dust advisory.

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