May 7, 2017

Asian Dust blankets Korean Peninsula and wide swath of Japan

The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers

After engulfing a large part of northern China, including capital Beijing on Thursday, May 4, 2017, dust storm from Mongolia reached the Korean Peninsula and Japan over the weekend. In China, the storm reduced visibility to less than 1 km (0.62 miles) and forced authorities in Beijing to issue a high yellow dust alert, the first dust and storm alert this year.

The dust storm flew into China from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia late Wednesday into Thursday, May 4, extending to over 1.6 million km2 (617 763 mi2) and affecting more than 40 provinces, cities and districts.