• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Ultra-thin dust covers cover most parts of South Korea

Seoul is covered in superfine dust on Saturday. (Yonhap via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network)

SEOUL — Ultrafine dust plagued most parts of South Korea on Saturday, prompting authorities to take emergency emission-cutting action against poor air quality, officials said.

According to the National Environmental Research Institute, the level of ultrafine dust in the greater Seoul area, Chungcheong and North Jeolla areas was all recorded at “very bad” Saturday morning.

South Korea measures air pollution in a four-tier system – “good”, “average”, “bad” and “very bad”.

The institute predicted that the air quality would remain at the “poor” level, except in the southern island of Jeju due to stagnant air.

Amid soaring fine dust levels, authorities have ordered emergency emission reduction measures in the greater Seoul area, Sejong city, South Chuncheong province and North Jeolla province.

Weather authorities expect air quality to remain poor in many areas through Monday. (Yonhap)

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