Dust from Mongolia reported in South Korea

Sand of the Gobi Desert Dust from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert has begun arriving in South Korea, beginning the country’s annual yellow dust season.

The dust from Mongolia, as well as China’s deserts, arrive in South Korea each year from February through June.

The dust, carrying heavy metals, causes health concerns for children under age 11, seniors over age 65 and people with heart and breathing conditions.
According to officials, levels above 800 micrograms per cubic meter of air call for a warning to the community. Isolated areas in South Korea have already reached over 1000 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
At levels between 400 and 799, high-risk individuals should not participate in outdoor activity and others should avoid physical training and strenuous outdoor labor.
Further, some South Korean high tech manufacturing can be impaired by yellow dust.
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2009-02-25 04:28:46
Call me pedantic but if \"Gobi\" means \"desert\" then perhaps it should be referred to as the Gobi region or area. Where is the evidence that high tech manufacturing is impaired by seasonal dust? Such industries have clean room facilities that account for changing environmental factors.
2009-02-26 08:31:38
It sounds like Korea wants to hold Mongolia responsible/accountable for \\\'impairing it\\\'s high-tech-industry\\\'? Is that so? And if so, is this annual dust a new thing or did the Koreans knowingly build an industry in a place where it will be seasonally \\\'impaired\\\'?
2009-02-26 11:54:51
It sounds like a duststorm in a teacup. This is incredibly poor reporting, the article comes across as if the writer simply made up a story to pass the time of day and comments about Korea are thus far, quite juvenile.