• Authorities Urge People To Stay Indoors To Avoid Harmful Fine Dust
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Yellow dust blowing in from a storm in the Gobi Desert in northern China has blanketed the South Korean capital and other regions across the country, triggering air quality alerts and health warnings.

Rosyn Park reports.


The amount of fine and ultrafine fine dust in the air has risen to harmful levels due to the influx of yellow dust, triggering air quality alerts in multiple cities.

In Seoul, Incheon, and nearby Gyeonggi Province, fine dust warnings and ultrafine dust alerts have been issued.

These areas, in particular, saw the average hourly concentration of fine dust particles, or PM10, exceed 300 micrograms per cubic meter, constituting "very bad" levels.

Advisories also remain in place for parts of South Chungcheong Province.

Authorities are urging people to protect their health by staying indoors if possible and wear fine dust masks when outdoors.

Drivers are also being asked to stay off the roads and use public transportation.

(Photo: Yonhap News)

The Air Quality Forecasting Center said the latest yellow storm is expected to affect the entire nation until Sunday.

In response, the government has enforced the third-highest level of its four-stage crisis alert against yellow dust for the capital as well as Gyeonggi and South Chungcheong provinces.

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