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Smog Hovers over Korea

14:00 January 02, 2017 replay time01:33

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Micro dust is causing trouble from the first day of the new year.

Highly concentrated smog from China has flown into the Korean Peninsula.

The micro dust concentration will increase further today.

Those with weak respiratory systems should be careful.

Kim Jae-hoon has more.


From day one of the new year, gray dust hovers over the city.

The first sun of the Year of the Rooster also lost its luster amidst the dust.

In particular, the dust attached to the fog, decreasing visibility to one-fifth of the usual level. The foggy view continued all day.

The cause of the dust is smog from China.

Already from the end of last year in northern China, such as Beijing, the level of micro dust has exceeded 10 times the standard that was set by the World Health Organization. As the cold wound down and a warm westerly wind blew, a great amount of pollutants flew into the Korean Peninsula.

Today (Jan. 2), additional highly concentrated smog from China will fly in.

Throughout most of the country, the level of micro dust will be about five to six times of the usual level at “Very Bad.”

In particular, the concentration of ultrafine dust, more hazardous to health, is also expected to increase greatly. Greater care is required for patients with respiratory symptoms.

The central region, including Seoul, will see some rain but not enough to wash away the dust.

The National Institute of Environmental Research expects that tomorrow (Jan. 3), cold winds from north of the Korean Peninsula will temporarily alleviate the micro dust concentration.

Kim Jae-hoon reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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