Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an intense dust storm over eastern China on March 22, 2023. According to China’s National Forestry Grassland Administration, the dust has impacted more than 560 million people.
“The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image showing a thick swirl of dust over China’s Harbin, Changchun, and Shenyang provinces,” says NASA. “Cyclonic atmospheric circulation appears to have sucked dust into and above the clouds.”
“In Beijing, which has a population of more than 20 million, the air quality index rose well above 500 for coarse (PM10) particles and above 200 for fine (PM2.5) particles on that day. Those levels are considered ‘hazardous’ and ‘very unhealthy’ to human health.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
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