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S. Korea hit by rare December yellow dust storm

South Korea
Satellite Image: Dust over Korea
South Korea’s weather service said Saturday (Dec. 29) it issued a yellow dust advisory, its first ever issued in the month of December, for the central part of the country.

The Korean Meteorological Administration said the advisory was issued for Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) and other nearby areas as well as five islands near the western sea border with North Korea at 2 p.m.

Most of the country will come under the influence of the hazardous dust from late at night, it said.

The last time a yellow dust storm hit South Korea in December was in 2001. No advisory was issued because the country did not start the system until the following year.

Korea faces the seasonal phenomenon every year from February through April, as sand and other dust from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia are carried over to the country by easterly winds.
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