Air Apocalypse in China: Super Smog Hits Harbin in North China

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This is not a camera problem! It’s a super smog attack in Harbin, a 11 mio people city in northern China! Amazing!

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Super smog in Harbin China – October 2013. Photo: AFP – Getty Images

This weird and massive smog shut down one of northeastern China’s largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country’s first major air pollution crisis of the winter. Can you imagine this? Visibility was reportedly reduced to 10 metres.

An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people.

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Smoggy day in Harbin – October 21 2013. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

The smog is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

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