Blue alert issued as sandstorms blanket Beijing

Updated 2018-03-28 14:18:02

Sandstorms blanket Beijing, March 28, 2018.

(ECNS) -- Beijing issued the first blue alert for sandstorms this year on Wednesday as the air quality index soared to hazardous levels.

A sandstorm smothered the Chinese capital on Wednesday morning, reducing visibility to 2 to 4 kilometers and causing many pedestrians to protect their faces with scarves and dust masks.

Beijing's Environmental Protection Monitoring Center said the sandstorms originated from Mongolia's Gobi

Desert and moved south to strike China, hitting northern Beijing at 6am. One hour later, the level of average PM10 pollutants rose to 1,976 micrograms per cubic meter.

Data showed that Beijing had 2.2 days of sandstorms a year on average from 1981 to 2011.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system for storms, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 17 2018 21:28:44

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 17 2018 21:28:44

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 17 2018 21:28:44

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords