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Yellow dust from China again blankets Okinawa

Date Posted: 2007-06-01

For a second time this year, dangerous yellow dust blowing to the east from China has descended on Okinawa.

The very fine sand, often described as nearly invisible dust, is an annual problem as strong prevailing winds carry the it from China’s desert eastward across the sea to Korea and Japan. The yellow sand causes respiratory problem, forcing people to stay inside or face potential health problems.

The winds brought the yellow dust to Okinawa Saturday, well after the normal February~April normal trouble period. The island first experienced the trouble-making sands this year May 17th~19th. The sand permeates clothing, blankets automobiles and fouls windshields. Visibility is reduced to below eight kilometers as the sands float through the area.

Weather officials had expected the rainy season to dampen the effects of the yellow sands, but mother nature has not been cooperative in bringing the expected heavy monsoon rains yet.

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