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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Atmospheric dust reaches record levels ]

Atmospheric dust reaches record levels

Author: 
Maria Gregoriou

THE DUST in the atmosphere coming from the Sahara hit record levels yesterday, marking the air quality map with numerous red dots, or danger zones.
“The dust in the atmosphere has gone beyond the highest levels recorded,” said Adamos Adamides, an official at the labour inspection department, which monitors the atmosphere.
“During this time last year, the levels were at the orange and yellow levels of high and moderate,” Adamides said.
He said that at lunch time yesterday “all indicators at all stations in Cyprus” were in the red zone.
“Because of this we advise the elderly, children and people with health problems to stay indoors. We would also advise those who have to work outside to wear the appropriate means of personal protection,” Adamides said.
 “We have also warned the ministry of education about the dangerous increase as some schools had taken the children outside for physical education,” Adamides said.
The department of labour inspection released a statement announcing that at 8am yesterday “the hourly concentration of breathable particles in ambient air, with a diameter less than 10 micrometres (PM10), were between the maximum value of 552  and the minimum value of 24 micrograms per cubic metre.”
“Consequently it is expected that the average 24-hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter, as defined by the relative legislation” the statement said.
“On Monday March 11, the average 24-hour concentration of respirable particles was between 88 and 350 micrograms, depending on the location,” it said.
“This is a natural phenomenon that depends on the wind cycles the blow dust over our area,” said a spokesperson from the meteorological service. “The flow will change over the weekend to south-westerly winds and the dust will start to lift. By Sunday the atmosphere will be clear. Some rain fall over the weekend will also help,” they added.


The elderly, children and people with health problems should stay indoors as long as the dust remains


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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