Beijingers watched in helpless horror today as their city was slowly devoured by a thick gray cloud of harmful airborne particulates.
The city’s first red alert of the year went live at 8 p.m., but residents could tell that something was up before that with some particularly ominous clouds on the horizon.
— Anders Hove (@derznovich) December 16, 2016
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Over the course of the day, more and more of the picturesque blue sky was eaten away at until all that was left was smog.
The view at 9 a.m.
And the same view at 3 p.m.
The view at 7:30 a.m.
And the same view at 4 p.m.
This all created quite the study in contrasts:
Currently the AQI in the city is a “Very Unhealthy” 228 with some areas registering up to 377 and 402. It’s only expected to get worse from here with the red alert lasting all the way to Wednesday.
If you’re in Beijing, how about grabbing a vacuum cleaner and doing your part to help out.
[Images via Sina / Weibo]
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