Beijing residents were at least able to catch a glimpse of the sunrise on the city’s giant LED screen when air pollution reached dangerously high levels on Thursday.
According to SINA.com, readings for particles of PM2.5 pollution on Thursday morning hovered around 350 to 500 micrograms per cubic meter. The density of PM2.5 reached a high of 671 at 4 a.m., 26 times higher than what is considered safe by the World Health Organization, and the highest reading since January 2013.
“I couldn’t see the tall buildings across the street this morning,” a Beijing traffic coordinator named Zhang said to reporters. “The smog has gotten worse in the last two to three years. I often cough, and my nose is always irritated. But what can you do? I drink more water to help my body discharge the toxins.”
Update: The image of the sunrise was part of a video loop advertisement not specifically broadcast for that day.
[Image via SINA.com]