Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Reoccurring problem

Just another ordinary day in the peninsula, but not quite. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, but why can't we really see the sun and why is there no blue sky? The answer is straight forward. What we are experiencing right now is Yellow Dust (황사) coming mainly from China. Trying to sum it up, strong winds in China and Mongolia push dust and soil over China, Korea and Japan. Pollutants have exacerbated the problem which can affect the health of millions across the continent. Efforts have been made to improve the situation, but the problem is a significant one. Due to it's geographical location Daegu is not hit as badly as places like Seoul, but it still gets here.

This appears to be an annual occurrence around about this time every year. So far it doesn't seem to be too bad. Visibility is good so unless you knew it was here you wouldn't suspect anything was wrong. I've just come back from a 45 minute round trip to the shops and I can feel something wrong with my throat. During this period it is wise to stay indoors as often as possible to avoid any medical problems. If the situation becomes more visibly evident I will try to take some pictures.

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