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Sandstorm Hits Northern China
Huang Hui
3/12/2004



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On March 9, a large sandstorm hit Gansu province in northern China, the sixth serious sandstorm to hit China since the end of January. At the same time, to the east of Gansu, Beijing was also hit by a sandstorm, and air quality in Beijing has deteriorated to a dangerous level. Sand and dust have obscured the sky throughout all of northern China.
According to the Central Weather Observatory Station administrator Zhou Qingliang, this sandstorm has been the most powerful sandstorm of the year.

According to the Lanzhou Weather Report Center in Gansu province, starting on the morning of March 9, heavy winds carrying large volumes of sand appeared in the Hexi areas and Baiyin city of Gansu Province. Dingxin Weather Station station reported a sandstorm at 9:45 a.m. At 3:36 p.m., heavy winds and a weak sandstorm appeared in Lanzhou city. Floating dust appeared in other cities and areas as well.

Meteorological data indicates the sandstorms originated mainly from western Siberia.

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