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Seoul, central regions gripped by fine dust air pollution

All News 17:23 March 11, 2021

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- A thick spell of micro-dust air pollution descended on large swathes of the country Thursday as stagnant air heightened the concentration level.

The density of ultrafine dust, called PM 2.5, reached the "very bad" level, or the worst in the four-tier measurement system, in the greater Seoul area and the central province of South Chungcheong, according to the state-run National Institute of Environmental Research.

Citizens walk at a riverside park in Seoul on March 11, 2021, as the capital city is shrouded in fine dust air pollution. (Yonhap)

The level of particulate matters smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter remained "bad" in some parts of the northeastern province of Gangwon and other central regions, including North Chungcheong and North Jeolla. The reading elsewhere was "average," or the second-best level.

"Most of the western regions and central inland areas have high concentrations as domestically generated fine dust accumulated due to stagnant air," the institute said.

The density level is forecast to remain high in those regions until next Monday as the inflow of dust particles from overseas will combine to aggravate the conditions, it added.

A citizen walks at a riverside park in Seoul on March 11, 2021, as the capital city is shrouded in fine dust air pollution. (Yonhap)


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