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South Korea Issues Warning As Yellow Snow Falls

Skyscrapers in downtown Seoul on 13 March 2006 are shrounded by yellow dust storms blowing in from China's Gobi desert. It was this dust that mixed with snow falls to produce the yellow snow. Photo courtesy of Kim Jae-Hwan, AFP.
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Mar 14, 2006
South Koreans were advised Monday to stay home or wear masks outside as yellow sand mixed in snow fell across the western part of the Korean peninsula.

The Korea Metrological Administration issued a rare health warning against a yellow snow storm in Seoul and nearby provinces. A yellow dust warning was issued in other regions.

The Korean peninsula has been hit by yellow dust blowing in from northern China every spring but a yellow snow storm is rare.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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